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Oscars Challenge #10: No Country For Old Men (2007)

I get it. Desert, cowboys, wild west, and guns. This might be your typical western movie.

But it's not.

Winner of the Best Picture Award in the 80th Academy Awards, No Country For Old Men is unlike any other crime thriller movie you have ever seen. Basically, the movie is viewed from the perspective of the 3 main characters: Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin), who stumbled upon a case of money in the desert, Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem), a hitman hired to recover the money, and an old Sherriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) who is tasked to catch and solve the hitman's mysteries.

What made this film different than any other wild west film is the ability and care of how it presented the characters. Notably, the character played by Bardem is unlike any other villain. He is cunning, advanced, and well-strategic. It makes you wonder how can an aging Sherriff capture the villain. No wonder he won the Best Supporting Actor award because if there is an antagonist I would draw up in my mind, he will be one of them.

The way the scenes were presented made you feel like you are part of the film. And it is absolutely brilliant.

It also presents you with a questionable ending that seems unjustified at first but then you realize it's the perfect one.

Some may view the movie as brutal but to me, it is just right. And this is one of the best movies I have seen so far.

A must-watch? Yes, and I would love to watch it again.

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