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The story begins when Llewelyn Moss (Brolin) finds a pickup truck surrounded by a sentry of dead men. A load of heroin and two million dollars in cash are still in the back. When Moss takes the money, he sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence that not even the law - in the person of aging, disillusioned Sheriff Bell (Jones) - can contain. As Moss tries to evade his pursuers - in particular a mysterious mastermind who flips coins for human lives (Bardem) - the film simultaneously strips down the American crime drama and broadens its concerns to encompass themes as ancient as the Bible and as bloodily contemporary as this morning's headlines.
Here’s the good news about No Country For Old Men: So far it looks absolutely nothing like any of the junk the Coens have been doing lately. They haven’t dressed Woody Harrelson up like Colonel Sanders and George Clooney is nowhere in sight.
Instead No Country For Old Men is a dark, disturbed horror/thriller set near the Rio Grande border in Texas and hopefully more in the vein of Fargo than a Clooney musical. It’s gotten accolades at Cannes, and maybe, just maybe this is Joel and Ethan Coen getting back to being good again. We’ve missed you boys, nice to have you back.