No Country For Old Men (VCD)

Writer: Ezekiel Lee Zhiang Yang

Distributor: Berjaya HVN
Director: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Kelly Macdonald
Language: English
Subtitles: Chinese and Malay
Special features: None mentioned
Running time: 122 minutes

Have you ever watched a thriller with absolutely no music score or artificial background sounds? That's the genius of the Coens – to have shot an otherwise completely boring movie with enough clever pacing and storytelling finesse to make it an enduring Oscar-winner for the ages. Josh Brolin plays a man who is running away from Javier Bardem's psychopathic hitman character, while Tommy Lee Jones is the outmanoeuvred sheriff who is powerless to stop the trail of destruction that grows longer each day – all over two million dollars in cold hard cash – or is it, really? With undertones of existentialism, "No Country" is a modern Western that discusses the inadequacy of man's understanding of good and evil; and the unfathomable changing of the times. Watch it, if only to learn how an oxygen tank can be a multi-purpose weapon of destruction!
Cinema Online, 15 September 2008