Make yourself as comfortable as you can, because this is a dark ride. The Coen Brother's latest epic based on Cormac McCarthy's novel is the eerie story of a trail of men hunting each other, leaving a trail of dead bodies in their wake. Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) is a young Vietnam vet in Texas out hunting comes across a valise filled with $2 million at a grisly scene of several trucks and a slew of dead bodies. He tells his wife he has to go off by himself for a while, without telling her why. He heads for El Paso to figure out his next move, but finds that someone is following him. His pursuer is a cold ex-special ops killer named Chigurh, played with steely determination by Javier Bardem, who determines his victim's fates with the toss of a coin. Also on Moss' trail is Sheriff Bell, played by the amazing Tommy Lee Jones. Following the Sherrif, in turn, is one of Chigurh's former partners (Woody Harrelson). We're taken along this trail of blood and greed, and the tension slowly mounts as each of the hunters comes closer to his quarry.
The Coen Brothers manage to keep the suspense simmering for the whole two hours, and tell a story of good versus evil in this finely-crafter thriller. This film deserved all four of the Oscars it won, especially for the Coen Brothers.
Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our May, 2008 issue.
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