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A Coen brothers masterpiece
on January 5, 2017
I can't resist a Coen brothers movie and this one is a masterpiece of technique. It contains little dialogue in the first hour yet builds a powerful narrative. The setting is Texas in the late 1970s when drug running across the border was bigger and bloodier business than it is today. Josh Brolin plays a down and out former Vietnam veteran who stumbles upon a drug deal gone bad and makes off with a lot of money. The bad guys send a mercenary played by Javier Bardem to recover their funds. Tommy Lee Jones plays an aging sheriff unsettled by the new reality of the drug running culture, hence the title.
It was an excellent movie, but be forewarned: it is a dark story with an unsatisfying ending. It was nominated for several Academy Awards. The source material is from a novel by Cormac McCarthy, whose work is dark and dystopian. I've not read this or any of the author's books. If you are a Coen brothers fan, this one is not to be missed.