Wednesday, July 18, 2007

No Country for Old Men

After focusing on comedy in their last two films (The Ladykillers, Intolerable Cruelty), the Coen brothers are back to drama in a brutal way.

The film, based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy, follows Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin), a man out hunting near the Rio Grande who comes across a drug deal gone sour — leaving behind a cache of heroin, two million dollars and several bodies. When two more men end up murdered, the local sheriff (Tommy Lee Jones) realizes Moss and his wife need protection. Things turn dangerous when various men, ranging from ruthless freelancers to ex-Special Forces members, turn up to find out the truth and destroy all evidence.
The Coen Brothers' (Joel, Ethan) first film was the critically acclaimed "Blood Simple" back in 1984. I didn't become a fan until "Raising Arizona", three years later. Their ability to mix dark drama with comedy always pulled me in. "Miller's Crossing", "Fargo", "Big Lebowski" and "O Brother, Where art Thou?" are among my all time favorites.
Most of the reviews coming out of Cannes (where it had its debut) were very positive. The film will be playing as a Special Presentation at TIFF. It appears that Nov. 21 will be it's release date.

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