Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Hannah Kubiak
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No Country for Old Men is a Coen Brothers film made in 2007 that follows a briefcase full of money that seems to bring corruption and destruction to everyone it touches. From it’s first shots of open desert landscape and the complete lack of soundtrack throughout, the main impression I got was one of emptiness.The story begins with Llewelyn Moss, a Vietnam veteran who finds what’s left of a drug deal gone wrong in the middle of the desert. He finds the briefcase containing two million dollars at the scene and brings it home with him. Almost immediately, he finds himself in danger from a rogue bounty hunter named Chigurh, whose eerie weapon of choice is a captive bolt pistol typically used for killing livestock.
The main theme I noticed in this movie was the effect the briefcase had on people. The moment he takes possession of the briefcase, Moss’ life is in danger, and Chigurh leaves a trail of destruction in his wake pursuing it.In this story I saw the briefcase as a visible representation of greed or corruption, and how it can spread from person to person in a sort of ripple effect.
The “ripple effect” of this money continues until the end of the film, when a man on the run bribes two boys with some of the money from the briefcase, and tells them to lie about what they’ve seen. While the boys are eager to help someone in need and refuse the bribe at first, when the bribe is forced on them, they immediately begin to fight over it.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the story begins and ends with the sheriff of the town talking about his father, who was a sheriff before him. The sheriff’s father probably passed on his sense justice and integrity to his son. That was his legacy that he left behind, and the sheriff manages to hold on to that. The sheriff serves as a foil for the bounty hunter, who washes his hands of moral decisions by letting a coin toss determine who he kills and who he spares.
No Country for Old Men was included on more top ten lists for 2007 than any other movie that year, and won four academy awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem, who played Chigurh).
Article Credits: Hannah Kubiak
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