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23 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2008
Listen: I love the Cohens, right back to Blood Simple. I mean, these guys are genius. But this is a bad adaptation of a very, very good book.
They've taken the bare plot bones of the book and shot it literally, nearly scene for scene. The problem with this approach is that the heart of the book isn't in the plot. It's in the inner life of the protagonist, the sheriff, and in the book the reader is taken by hand through this inner world of aging and dread. The Cohen's obviously think they've captured this by implication, and by a couple of scenes with the sheriff and his wife and father. But they have not. So, in the end, the viewer is just left hanging, wondering what the hell just happenned. This movie is, ultimately, as phony and one dimensional as The Blair Witch Project. Granted, everyone gives dandy performances. But to what effect? If you liked this movie, and if you didn't like this movie, read the book. Now that's a work of art.
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17 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2008
Well, after reading many, many reviews here on this film, it's obvious that there are as many naysayers as there are those who herald the film's brilliance.

Unfortunately, I'm a naysayer. I just saw the film last night and felt pretty much the same way about it as a felt about Martin Scorsese's "The Departed"; all flash, no crash.

First off, the actors in this film are absolutely brilliant. Bardem was chillingly creepy and the hitman without conscience or remorse and Tommy Lee Jones was excellent and likable as always.

The film starts off with a bang and keeps you rivited....until the very end.

Just like "The Departed", "No Country" just abruptly.....ends. After witnessing great cinematography, amazing acting, and an intriguing plot, the film just goes absolutely nowhere.

>>>> POSSIBLE SPOLIERS - No loose ends are tied up, no justice is meted out, and no plot comes to a resolution. Things just happen.....and then they stop happening.

This was the picture of the year? Wow. Who makes these descisions?

At first, I really liked the film. When it was all over, I felt cheated out of an ending.

Yeah. The world is a violent place. Our society is going to hell in a handbasket and all that, but for the makers of this film to feel that they are making some profound statement about the nature of humanity and passing it off as art is downright arrogant and pretentious.

Sorry, folks. In my opinion (and it's ONLY that; an opinion), this film is a letdown and completely unworthy of even an Oscar NOMINATION, let alone the winner for best picture. I've seen MUCH better films in 2007.

On a side note, I love that fact that this site exists so people can share their opinions and viewpoints about films such as this, but it would be a lot better if everyone would just stop criticizing and attacking each other just because their opinions are different. If everyone had the same tastes, media and the arts would be boring and pointless. Enjoy the diversity!
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14 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2008
I purchased this movie strictly on the basis of the Academy Award nods it received. I wanted to see it in the theater, but never got around to it.

My former acquaintance with the Coen Brothers, who directed Oh Brother Where Are Thou?, had me thinking this would be top shelf entertainment mixed with elements of plot complexity that would have me walking away feeling satisfied.

What I was treated to however is a movie that by pretending to be psychologically absorbing ends up being overly pretentious, adding nothing to an age-old theme, except replacing time-tested dialogue with wandering philosophic rants and discursive action segments. The minimalist trend in our moviemaking industry for avant-garde films has apparently shown that not even backwoods story telling is immune to overweaning reintrepretation. Tommy Lee Jones thus appears as a rustic sage no different than a Greek philosopher.

Further, I'm not sure why this story needed to be told. That would seem the most important obstacle to overcome when pitching any idea to a studio. Get the studio's buy-in and perhaps they'll listen.

There was nothing particularly engaging about watching a guy who stumbles upon some money bungle his way through a series of close calls with a hired assassin, only to give up the ghost in the end. It's been done before. If walking around bug-eyed for most of the movie and acting as cold as the grim ripper qualifies for Oscar buzz, then I guess Javier Bardem deserved it. But I'm surprised such one-dimensional acting is the flavor of the day here. It was Frankensteinian to be quite frank (no pun intended). Why not give Arnold one as well for his stoic farce as a cyborg from the future? Ok, I know he didn't flip coins, but he did have some great non sequiturs! Tommy Lee Jones, who has been typecast ever since his days in the Fugitive, could have been completely left out of the cast, and I don't see how it would have made the slightest difference except to stamp the movie with philosophical substance. It seemed his most important role in the film was to reveal the decimation and aftermath of the bloodbaths left behind by Javier Bardem and various associates. Every now and then, he muses on the meaning of life through the current set of circumstances and in one throw-away scene between him and another officier, we see his real dismantling of the situation as a fatalist polemic against the societal "changing of the guard" (i.e., kids walking around with green hair). You don't need to be the Oracle of Delphi to know that crime and violence are pervasive, and such open-ended observations, while trying to show that it can happen anywhere (even in small Texas towns) is no greater revelation than it's ever been. Thus, the Coen Brothers do nothing here to repristinate the topic.

Reviews that consider this kind of storytelling spellbinding seem to fall victim to a machination that lies at the heart of postmodern literature as well: if you can create a story in which your audience misses the point, you can always appeal to something beyond their comprehension. Since most people don't want to admit they don't get it, the wagon train has been set in motion, and those same people will likely admit to its sheer genius, if only not to be shamed by their brethren; however, there will be little conformity or reason as to why or what makes it genius.

In summary, stay away from this movie unless you want to fall into the postmodernist move toward disappearing storylines, gross character development, and cut scenes which string along the movie in perpetuity without resolution.
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A pointless program with pointless scenes starting from nowhere and going to nowhere. This could pass time but it has no social redeeming value. All there is is violence for violence sake and then maybe not for that. Dogs get shot and we have to drive in 80's vehicles.

The actors must have been hard up for a film to make. Same people are major ascots and all I can think is that someone must have had something on them because you could not pay them enough to compromise their career.

It is the primitive pre-cell 80's. The unsuspecting good greedy victim was decided to be made a two true Vietnam (60's) person; this is supposed to make him cunning and maybe dangerous. I spent two tours and I am anything but cunning or dangerous. And I never saw a Remington 700BDL (designed for snipers.) Not saying they did not exist but we did things the old fission way with M14's (No bolts) accurate enough for Government work.

On the plus side is that the Texas country was beautiful and Tommy Lee Jones can still make an interesting face.
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on May 26, 2014
The 'bad guy' in this film is just plain evil, and always one step ahead of the good guys. Beyond the evil, there's also disturbing twists of fate. Yes, I realize I've sold the film for some... I do have to give the film credit for good acting with 'real' people.
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on March 30, 2014
Maybe I missed something - but the plot seems like a cheesy 'find drug money and run from the guy looking for it' scheme. I usually like Coen Brothers - but this was a low point IMHO
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on May 16, 2015
It was o.k. It should have had a different ending. It just seemed like the same things over and over, up to the end. Then it just ended, with no definitive conclusion.
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on October 25, 2014
I thought the movie was good. Had a hard time watching though. It was really choppy. Something up with Amazon servers.

Seemed like to many people were watching
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on October 18, 2014
The actually movie was ok....but the ending.....it was just dumb. The storyline ending made no sense.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2013
A lot of gratuitious violence with the story line very muddled. If you were expecting something like Breaking Bad this isn't it. Hard to watch and the ending had you as confused as the begining but maybe that was as it was meant to be. I would not watch again. A waste of rental fee
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