YOUTUBE VIDEO: This Youtube Video contains an interview with the Coen brothers on their great production of No Country for Old Men. In this video, the Coen brothers relate to their greatest aspects of this film – character development, an adequate setting, and underlying themes.
No Country for Old Men is a 2007 neo-Western thriller directed, written, and edited by Joel and Ethan Coen. This film is the movie adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel, No Country for Old Men. The film is about a hunter named Llewelyn Moss who comes across the aftermath of a drug deal gone bad. He finds a case full of two million dollars, and a dying man begging for water. Anton Chigurh is a emotionless sociopath hitman who has been hired to recover the money. The entire movie is a cat and mouse chase as Anton desperately tracks down Llewelyn, whose life has been turned into a struggle to survive and stay hidden from Anton. A theme in this film is fate being brought upon by one’s self. In Anton’s effort to find Llewelyn, he comes across many other civilians. He decides their fate with a flip of a coin, and tells the victim to call it. Whenever Anton is questioned by a victim, Anton always replies in a way that traps the victim into deciding their fate. The main theme though, seems to be the violence committed by man. “No Country for Old Men” refers to the savage acts that men commit in order to get their way. A main character in the film, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell, has a long and symbolic dialogue at the very beginning and end of the movie with themes of man’s nature of savagery and violence. What makes the chase scenes so intense in this movie is that there is no background music, almost no dialogue, and actions are both spontaneous and long and drawn-out. This is one of my favorite movies, and is definitely a true thriller.