About no country for old men
No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthyIn his blistering new novel, Cormac McCarthy returns to the Texas-Mexico border, the setting of his famed Border Trilogy. The time is our own, when rustlers have given way to drug-runners and small towns have become free-fire zones.
One day, Llewellyn Moss finds a pickup truck surrounded by a bodyguard 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–can contain.
As Moss tries to evade his pursuers–in particular a mysterious mastermind who flips coins for human lives–McCarthy simultaneously strips down the American crime novel and broadens its concerns to encompass themes as ancient as the Bible and as bloodily contemporary as this morning’s headlines.
No Country for Old Men is a triumph.
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More critics included No Country for Old Men on their top ten lists than any other film,  and many regard it as the Coen brothers' best film. In Texas, , hitman Anton Chigurh strangles a deputy sheriff with the handcuffs he is in to escape custody and uses a captive bolt pistol to kill a driver and steal his car. He spares the life of a gas station owner who guesses the result of a coin Chigurh flipped, revealing Chigurh's adherence to his own personal "principles". Poaching pronghorns in the desert, Llewelyn Moss comes across the aftermath of a drug deal gone bad. He finds several dead men and dogs, a wounded Mexican man begging for water, and two million dollars in a briefcase. He takes the money and returns home. That night, Moss returns to the scene with water.
Here are some things you might not have known about the Oscar-winning western crime thriller. It was nice. I got to be a little bright spot, a little breath for the audience before they plunge into the next atrocity. Brolin learned of the role while he was filming Grindhouse with Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, so he asked if he could borrow a camera to shoot a quick audition for No Country for Old Men. The directing duo did him one better: They ended up directing his audition. Just a couple of days after signing on to play Moss, Brolin broke his shoulder when his motorcycle collided with a car. I really wanted to work with the Coens.
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The movie opens with the flat, confiding voice of Tommy Lee Jones. He describes a teenage killer he once sent to the chair. The boy had killed his year-old girlfriend. The papers described it as a crime of passion, "but he tolt me there weren't nothin' passionate about it. Said he'd been fixin' to kill someone for as long as he could remember. Said if I let him out of there, he'd kill somebody again. Said he was goin' to hell.