"The crime you see now, it's hard to even take its measure. It's not that I'm afraid of it. I always knew you had to be willing to die to even do this job. But, I don't want to push my chips forward and go out and meet something I don't understand."
Those lines spoken by Tommy Lee Jones come at the beginning of "No Country for Old Men," and the movie then proceeds to tell a story that proves them to be true.
This was our second Netflix flick, and obviously with this one we were a little late to the party. Just as obviously, there's not much I can say about it that adds to what has already been written. I agree that it's a great movie, but after seeing it once I'd put it a notch below "Fargo." Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin are both as good as everyone said, and Woody Harrelson turns in another strong performance, but it's the performance of Javier Bardem that people are going to remember 50 years from now. His Anton Chigurh makes Hannibal Lecter look like Jerry Lewis, but at the same time, it's not over the top (with the exception of the haircut).
The movie plays like a minimalist painting, almost as if the characters from one of Edward Hopper's late period paintings had come to life. It may not be a "fun" ride, but it's certainly one worth taking.