Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men Essay

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Ignorant souls will probably tell you that No Country for Old Men is a film of thirst for blood, material wealth and a sheriff's investigation. Those that suggest this, however, are the same that tune in weekly for their dose of Big Brother: The Evictions and are swayed by the words of their local car salesman. The Coen brothers’ masterful 2005 adaption of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men is a standout in recent cinema history, pushing aside this year’s spit-out of Transformers from explosion-junkie Michael Bay. Taking a different approach from their usual quirky, humour films littered with three word profanities (cue: Burn after Reading Osbourne Cox fans), the Coen’s have successfully stepped into a dark, deeply disquieting drama …show more content…
Ignorant souls will probably tell you that No Country for Old Men is a film of thirst for blood, material wealth and a sheriff's investigation. Those that suggest this, however, are the same that tune in weekly for their dose of Big Brother: The Evictions and are swayed by the words of their local car salesman. The Coen brothers’ masterful 2005 adaption of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men is a standout in recent cinema history, pushing aside this year’s spit-out of Transformers from explosion-junkie Michael Bay. Taking a different approach from their usual quirky, humour films littered with three word profanities (cue: Burn after Reading Osbourne Cox fans), the Coen’s have successfully stepped into a dark, deeply disquieting drama that questions the very foundations of the American Dream.

No Country for Old Men, sees Texas Everyman, Llewellyn Moss (Josh Brolin) stumble upon a sachet of money after a Mexican drug shoot-out. His decision to abscond with the cash sets off a vicious chain reaction with Mexican drug lords and American businessmen on his trail whilst disillusioned, lone star Sherriff, Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) attempts to reach and warn Moss of his impending fate. A more sinister force, that has no interest in the money itself, takes the form of Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), a sociopath who rivals The Terminator for robotic and artificial undertones.
These three are locked in a swerving, cat-and-mouse chase that takes them through the empty ranges
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