In Oprah-approved author Cormac McCarthy's 2005 novel No Country For Old Men, an aging small town Texas sheriff ruminates about the scary new world he finds himself living in, complete with new crimes committed by new breeds of criminals he's unsure if he's able to face.
Meanwhile, good old boy Llewelyn Moss finds a satchel full of millions of dollars in the midst of a cross-the-border drug deal-turned-Mexican standoff gone very wrong, and takes ita move sure to sic the money's rightful owners on him.
What follows is a three-way chase, with Llewelyn on the run with the money, a mysterious, unstoppable killer on trail, and the law pursuing them both. It's a pretty simple, even shallow story, but McCarthy's a subtle talent, and he fills seemingly negative story space with implied meaning and dramatic import in a way that gradually catches up with the reader.
The author's trademark spare storytelling and hands-off approach to visuals and world-building - character descriptions never go any farther than maybe hair or eye color in this particular book, and almost everything but the dialogue and plot are left to the readers "imaginationâ€provides a perfect vacuum for filmmakers to fill, particularly when the filmmakers have the sort of quirky talents that have made the Coen Brothers' body of work so distinctive.
Donâ€™t be turned off by the fact that the book was once Oprah-Approved. Run out and see this terrific adaptation of McCarthyâ€™s novel.
9 out of 10 stars