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Fantastic movie. A social commentary on the societies changing and the classic western's demise. So glad the library had it via Hoopla!
The best Coen film, and one of the best films, period. Avoid the book. And see another great Tommy Lee Jones film set in Texas: 3 Burials of Melquiades Estrada.
Went into this blind.....just saw the trailer and ordered it and by the time it came I wasn't sure what I was in for.....stuck it in and got a big surprise!....I have to say that I loved it and didn't want it to end....so kept pausing it and made myself do housework to draw it out.....finished it in the evening over a bowl of pot roast....all in all a productive and enjoyable wintery day. Will give the book a go out of curiosity.
Usually a big fan of the Coen brothers, I cannot understand the fascination with this movie. Much lauded in the industry, the violence is so graphic it made me feel ill. Some would say, well then, that's the point. No, just pointless violence.
I disliked this movie very much. I don't quite understand what all the rave reviews were about. I do not think there was anything special about the acting, directing, etc etc. For the life of me I am totally baffled by all the positive reviews this movie received.
Unless you try to interpret hidden implications in each scene, the overall effect is lame. The main character makes a series of bad decisions that leads to a result that is anticlimactic, with an antagonist that is unrealistically unstoppable.
the evil character played by Javier Bardem reminded me of the inevitability of a strong force of nature, such as a twister. Like the Canadian Mounted Police, he 'always gets his man.' This is a break from the typical characterizations---where the superhero is an undefeated phenomenon, so that there is no suspense (the good guy always wins, in the end). As Lennon was quoted on the cover of the album, PUSSYCATS, that he produced for Nilsson, 'Everything's its opposite, isn't it.' So we have here the opposite of the usual formula, which is thrilling in its own way. If I had a spine, shivers would have run up and down it everytime the villain with the cattle gun came on screen. Now, to go from such a satisfying film, to saying to yourself and others, ' Now I need to read everything Cormac McCarthy has written,' does not follow, tit for tat. Elmore Leonard's novels were made into a few satisfying films, but I doubt he gained many readers from it. Back to the film: since Tommy Lee Jones has such a appealing screen persona, I found myself rooting for him to overcome the personification of evil that is the cattle-gun man, but that was only a figment of habit: I was really much pleased with learning that none of the good people were going to survive. That's called catharsis, an old Greek term best understood by looking it up under Aristotle. Definitely a superior film, as comes along only every five years or so.
"Compare yourself against the old timers and you have to decide: "Okay I will be part of this world"".
This movie was recommended to me by our psychology professor. There are according to statistics about 40 thousand psychopaths running among us in Seattle undetected. Shocking, but true. (Anton was an example of extreme psychopathy).
I was not surprised by the ending. It was very well done. With a different ending the movie/plot would lose its point and effect as well.
The movie was brilliantly shot, the acting was great especially of the main leading role. It's a cult-classic. Now, I need to read the book!
OK. So it's unbelievably phony and incredibly s-t-u-p-i-d. But it's horrifically dark, a downer, and demented to boot, throughout. Thanks Follywood; still as sick as ever.
There are PLENTY of examples of things that would never happen, could never happen, or anybody would EVER do, even if it were possible. Then there's the clairvoyancey of the characters, the indestructibleness, and finally just the downright giving of copies of the script to the lead characters, especially the "bad guy", whom supposedly makes Superman look like an anemic wimp. Yeah. Right...
After watching this, I feel like I need a shower and to do penance to cleanse my soul, while being blessed by a Pastor to clear my mind. I'm just surprised that Tommy Lee is in this picture. (Harrelson not so much.) He's smarter than to be in garbage like this. I know from speaking with him personally.
One of, if not THE best adaptation of a novel I've seen so far.
GOOD 2007 film - a bit dark, but another interesting Coen Bros. release. with excellent production, acting, etc.
In this crime drama, a hunter finds a bag of money in the woods and keeps it for himself, but soon he's hunted by drug dealing gangsters. The critically acclaimed movie comments on the human condition, and how the world is changing quickly, and no place for the elderly, because their world is now gone.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
I can shamefully admit that while I've seen this movie, I've never read the book it is based on. That said, I could not bring myself to like it. It's wonderfully shot, the actors all did an amazing job, but plot and ending were too much. I say "ending" meaning the end of the film, the story didn't have a real "ending". Just things happening and more characters killed. I don't mind bittersweet endings, and I've never been one to scoff at overt violence in movies, but this movie had no resolving of its primary plots. If the story was framed as primarily focusing on Chigurh, the ending would be more palatable. As it is, it felt like a non-ending.
I'm going to be in the minority here but I found this film very unsatisfying.
Sure the Film looks technically perfect and the killer is scarey as hell but a few flaws in the story just bothered me too much.
First a Serial Killer kills a Police officer and there is no manhunt and the population seems to be totally oblivious to this.
Kills a few good locals and drug dealers and the population is still oblivious.
Woody Harrelson is this expert bounty hunter who is a moron. Lets the killer take him with out a fight. Why would the drug cartel even trust this serial killer.
And like all the other reviews. Very unsatisfying ending.
Cohen Bros classic.
Dark and serious saga reflecting upon the recent proliferation of violence and evil endemic to our country...and now the world.
Although it is fiction, it pales in comparison to the vile acts of ISIS, the Mexican drug cartels and the recent mass murder in Orlando Fla.
The symbolism of the final scene seems to be lost on many who have likely never picked up a book---or are too young to remember when American life was fairly civil.
This is truly a thinking mans film.
Not as violent as I thought would be. Definitely menacing, suspenseful and mature themes. Javier is a purely evil man with his own code of conduct that is completely psychotic. Tommy Lee Jones is a sheriff who actually is "narrating" the story. I'm sure this is a movie that people who love to reflect will enjoy greatly. Personally it moved too slow to be scary for me. The characters did better when they had others in the scene to interact with because then you could see their line of thinking etc. Sadly that happened rarely. Everyone said there was humor in it, I couldn't find it dark or otherwise. The 'hero' is extremely smart but does one thing that overwhelmingly, unforgivably stupid and that is the thing the whole movie hinges on. He finds a drug deal gone wrong in the desert. One person is gut shot, rapidly dying asking for water. So he waits until night time to comeback with some water. Even though it's obvious the guy is already dead. Even though it's obvious the drug runners will have staked out the place. Even though nighttime is the absolute worst time to do anything. SPOILER ALERT. HOWEVER he does this anyways and of course he gets found out, followed and eventually killed.
I don't know why I didn't like this film the first time I saw it. Maybe I was distracted, maybe I left the room or people were talking or something but I'm glad I gave it another shot. Another two shots as a matter of fact. It's a funny film, it's a scary film, it's a western, it's a noir...It's a Coen brothers film. There's no explanation and no resolution and it is just the way it should be.
The cool and calculated killer that is Anton Chigurh drives this carefully paced suspenseful thriller about a man out hunting who finds a bag filled with stacks of money amounting to over two million. He then finds himself smack dab in the middle of a twisted web involving a shady businessman-cum-drug lord, the contracted men who work ruthlessly for him, cocaine-abusing Mexicans, south-of-the-border medicos and border officials, and small-town sheriffs all set in the motels, inns, and diners of tumbleweed Texan towns on the edge of the U.S.-Mexico border. Yes, it can be boiled down to a hunt for a big bag of cash, but no, it's not Fargo. There's no Minnesota Nice in this Coen brothers flick. Enthralling but intentionally ambigious, you'll piece together this tale slowly in awe, and once the puzzle is complete, it won't leave you for a long while. For those who can be captivated by atmospheric stories that don't offer all the answers right away on a silver platter, I highly recommend this Academy Award-winning picture. The events will percolate in your mind. You can bet your life on it.
I love this movie. It just happened to be on T.V when I first saw it and I fell in love with it. Good action and good acting.
I watched this movie the first time and didn't like it because of the slow plot. It seemed tedious and ploddish. Well, I gave it another go after a few months and this time I paid closer attention. It's captivating. Best enjoyed in silence and without distractions to let the menace in Bardem's character roll through and come alive. I've rewatched it more than twice and it's consistently excellent across the board - acting, direction, cinematography, sound...pick it up and enjoy.
One of the first things i would like to talk about is the bad guy. There have been many movies which have produced great, good, and ok bad guys. This movie has one scary a - s bad guy that sticks to your mind after you watch this movie. You'll love him on your HOMETHEATER!!! And the story and cast are both top notch. I enjoyed watching this movie and have it in my collection. I'm giving this classic movie 5 stars!!!!!! Very good story, very good cast, and an excellent bad guy. Toasted whole wheat bread with many slices of turkey, ham, roast pork, cheese, lettuce, mayo, olives on top, and a glass of cool water.
This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. “Not too bad---good performance”. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”
This was a really riviting movie. I even liked the end. The constant drive to kill by Anton was incredible.