Gripping, thought-provoking and Coen-esque through the very end, “No Country For Old Men” (2007) is not for the faint of heart.
“No Country For Old Men,” based on the book of the same name by Cormac McCarthy, starts with a bang — or a couple, I would presume — at the bloodied crime scene of what looks like a gang-related drug deal gone wrong. Llewellyn Moss (Josh Brolin, “W.”), a hunter, finds himself at the center of this gory site, finding a pretty $2 million penny too, along the way.
Llewellyn is no fool; he knows someone will be after that money, and decides to skip town. However, he will soon find out that the psychopathic killer Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem, “Skyfall”) is on his trail.
When this movie came out, Bardem became famous, and even won an Oscar, for his role as the bowl-cut-sporting Anton, who unsystematically murders almost everyone he comes into contact with in pursuit of the money. His weapon of choice? A captive bolt pistol.
Well, it’s not that Anton doesn’t have a system — his victims met their maker after choosing the unlucky side in a coin flip.
“What’s the most you ever lost in a coin toss?” Anton asks one of his victims.
Oh, it always looks so simple in these kinds of movies, to begin with at least. Highlighted by movies such as “A Simple Plan” and another Coen Brothers film, “Fargo,” the mantra “nothing ever goes according to plan” rings true in this movie.
“No Country For Old Men” is rated R for strong graphic violence and some language.
“No Country For Old Men” screens at 5 p.m. April 28 at the Ashe County Public Library as a part of the Deep Focus Film Club series. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.