site search by freefind
MotorBar: 1200+ unique in-depth car reviews. Plus travel & destinations, and 1000 DVD and CD reviews. Online for 14 years. Written by experts.
No Country For Old Men

No Country For Old Men“If you found a case filled with two
  million dollars cash at the scene
  of a massacre, would you a) leave it
  where it was; b) take it to the police;
  or c) keep it? On the run with the
  cash, a former Vietnam veteran finds
  he is the hunter hunted and at the
  mercy of a crazed killer...”


STUMBLING ACROSS A BLOODY MASSACRE in the parched scrubland under the panoramic skies of West Texas, Vietnam veteran turned hunter Llewellyn Moss (Josh Brolin, Grindhouse) finds evidence of a drug deal gone badly wrong — a truck load of heroin and a case containing two million dollars.

Living a mundane existence on a trailer park with his wife Carla Jean (Kelly MacDonald: Trainspotting), Moss is tempted by his dreams for a new life and he takes the money.

However, there was one man who has survived the massacre — albeit with serious injuries. He is pleading for water and, at first, Moss leaves him. But in the dead of night he wakes up with his conscience pricking him and he takes water to the man. And it is this act of kindness — and his own carelessness — that brings him to the attention of more drug dealers and ultimately crazed killer Anton Chigurh (brilliantly played with quiet, brooding menace by Javier Bardem: The Sea Inside), putting himself and his wife at risk — how do you deal with an emotionless killing machine?

Having sent his wife to stay with her mother (Beth Grant) and believing her to be safe, Moss finds that the hunter is now the hunted. But how does the killer know his every move? And can he outwit the ruthless Chigurh and protect both himself and his wife?

Meanwhile, disillusioned Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones: The Fugitive) is seeking Chigurh — who escaped from custody by killing the Deputy (Zach Hopkins) who was guarding him. Bell has memories passed down to him from his father of the old days, when things were much less complicated, and we share his thoughts. This adds another dimension to the character: Tommy Lee Jones is a great actor although he is underused in this remarkable thriller.

Bell is soon involved with tracking down Moss and his wife to ensure their safety, but Moss's decision to flee with the money has already triggered an unstoppable chain of violence as Chigurh goes on a murderous spree using a weapon that leaves Bell baffled — how do you shoot somebody and leave no bullet?

Relentlessly stalked by Chigurh and with the law hot on his trail, Moss desperately tries to hang onto both the money and his life. Even Bell seems powerless to put an end to the cold-blooded killer's single-minded resolve to get the cash at any cost — even if he has to commit mass murder in the process.

No Country For Old Men was voted Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards and is the acclaimed winner of four Oscars — including Best Direction (for the Coen brothers), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for the Academy Award-winning performance of Javier Bardem. Director of Photography is Roger Deakins, ASc, BSc.

Based on the celebrated novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Cormac McCarthy, No Country For Old Men is a Scott Rudin/Mike Zoss Production and is produced with the Coens. Featuring an all-star cast — with stunning performances from Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Kelly MacDonald and an Academy Award-winning performance from Javier Bardem — the gritty game of cat-and-mouse will take you to the edge of your seat and beyond. Right up to its heart-stopping final moments.

Written for the screen and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country For Old Men is the brothers' most gripping and accomplished film to date — it has also won them this year's best Director BAFTA. Accordingly, the bonus features for the DVD include a look at the Coen Brothers filmmaking process, showing how they assembled and shot one of the most compelling thrillers of the year, as well as shedding new light on the complex characters and celebrated creators of the film.

No Country For Old Men — the 2008 Academy Award Best Picture winner — comes to DVD, courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment, on 2 June (2008).

Single Disc | RRP 19.99 | Certificate: 15 | Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound | Running Time: 117 minutes | Special Features: The Making of No Country For Old Men; Working With The Coens; Diary Of A Country Sheriff.