The more I see of the Coen Brothers’ “No Country for Old Men”, the more I think it’s a return to the days of “Fargo” cool for them. They haven’t really done anything that I’ve found interesting in a long while, but “No Country For Old Men” (hate that title, by the way), looks like a real winner. The poster for the film (thumbnail to your left, bigger version below) arrived in my mailbox earlier today. Eh, could be better. When you have time, check out the film’s official site here if you are so inclined.
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN is a mesmerizing new thriller from Academy AwardÂ® winning filmmakers Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, based on the acclaimed novel by Pulitzer Prize winning American master Cormac McCarthy. The time is our own, when rustlers have given way to drug-runners and small towns have become free-fire zones. Featuring a cast that includes Academy AwardÂ®-winner Tommy Lee Jones (“The Fugitive,” “Men in Black”), Josh Brolin (“Grindhouse”), Academy AwardÂ®-nominee Javier Bardem (“The Sea Inside”), Academy AwardÂ®-nominee Woody Harrelson (“The People Vs. Larry Flynt”) and Kelly Macdonald (“Trainspotting”), NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN is written for the screen and directed by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, produced by Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen & Joel Coen and executive produced by Robert Graf and Mark Roybal.
The story begins when Llewelyn Moss (BROLIN) finds a pickup truck surrounded by a sentry 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 (JONES) – can contain. As Moss tries to evade his pursuers – in particular a mysterious mastermind who flips coins for human lives (BARDEM) – the film simultaneously strips down the American crime drama and broadens its concerns to encompass themes as ancient as the Bible and as bloodily contemporary as this morning’s headlines.
The old men arrives November 9, 2007 in limited release.