Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Culture: No Country for Old Men; 15 Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald Director: Joel and Ethan Coen.(2hrs 2mins) *****

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Culture: No Country for Old Men; 15 Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald Director: Joel and Ethan Coen.(2hrs 2mins) *****

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WRITER-DIRECTORS Joel and Ethan Coen orchestrate an unbearably tense game of cat-and-mouse against the barren Texan borderlands in this often bloody thriller based on the book by Cormac McCarthy.

Surpassing the near-perfect 1996 caper Fargo, No Country For Old Men is a breathtaking demonstration of concise storytelling and film making brio, coupled with powerful performances and the blackest humour.

The menacing tone is established from the beginning when a police officer takes a telephone call and cheerfully tells a superior, "Yes sir, I got it under control", oblivious to the serial killer creeping up behind him.

The Coens use violence sparingly and to devastating effect. Most of the protagonists end up on a mortuary slab, their deaths anything but painless at the hands of Javier Bardem's chilling psychopath.

A wife or girlfriend who stumbles unwittingly into the fray is potential collateral damage, paying the price for their significant other's countless sins. …

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