Every year during the award season for movie, there would be a couple of films which have been nominated and won the awards from almost every institutes. These films are favorable by critics but might not do well at box office. Anyway, they are the center of attention for movie-goers and all involved in the film industry. As for this year, No Country for Old Men could be considered as that kind of awards sweeper film. The film gets high praises from critics and scores fair at the American box office. With the awards boost, the film would be a center of attention with a chance for more viewers.
No Country for Old Men is an adaptation of the novel with the same name written by Cormac McCarthy. The film was written and directed two brothers Joel and Ethan Coen. Set in the landscape of West Texas and Mexico’s border, the film tells a story of cat and mouse chase between a hitman and a guy who discovered a suitcase full of money from the drug-deal gone wrong during his hunting in the desert. The guy could get away with the money but his good conscience brought him back to the scene. Thus, the hitman got the lead. After inspecting the crime scene, veteran local sheriff tries his best to save the man life. The series of action follows afterwards. The story seems simple but it’s intensified by the way it unfolded.
The ensemble of the cast gave their best and powerful performances, especially Javier Bardem in the role of the seemingly psychotic hitman. It’s no surprise why he got and will get many awards for his performance. The Coen brothers also deserved the credits for their faithful screenplay and brilliant directing of the film. The flow of story is astonishing with the theme of chances and fates. All in all, it is a chase and run drama film with a different perspective. Rather than action-packed scenes, we saw an intriguing way of the cat-and-mouse hunt with compelling characteristic.
5 Stars out of 5 – recommend to all drama movie fans. It’s interesting to see how far the film would go in term of the awards.