Josh Brolin stars as Llewelyn Moss, a hunter who stumbles upon money, heroin, and lots of trouble. Killing and violence ensues.
When Javier Bardem flips his coin and asks his future friend or foe to "call it," it makes me wonder if he did just that when agreeing to star in this film.
I have never felt so insulted and pissed off after leaving a film. The first half of the movie was fun, entertaining, and pretty intense. It looked like it was heading in a very good direction considering all the reviews I had read, but the second half of this film felt flat fast. I counted at least six plot holes, one after another becoming more annoying than the last.
Also, there were so many unmarked characters in this, I had no idea who was who. “Hey, who is that guy? Oh it doesn't matter, he just got killed. But who is that guy? What’s his role in this movie? Still doesn't matter because he too just got killed.”
This garbage of a would be solid film gets a six for two reasons, and two reasons only. One, the performances of Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem were on point. Josh perfected a Southern boy hell bent on keeping this money, and Javier perfected a mysterious killer hell bent on getting his money back. He scared the hell out of me, and I would not like to run into this guy when he's having a bad day. Sorry, but Tommy Lee Jones will not be added in this because I have seen him play a sheriff in three movies already and the only performance he has ever done that stands out in my head is his role in Under Siege.
Second, I am not sure how many people noticed this, but Kelly McDonalds (Trainspotting anyone?) Southern belle accent was perfect considering the fact that she is from the UK. Let's not forget Don Cheadles attempt in Oceans 11. Sorry Don, you are still a badass in my book.
Everybody is excited about the Coen Brothers since they directed cult hit movies like The Big Lebowski and Raising Arizona, but let’s not forget about the ones they want slid under the matt, i.e. The Ladykillers. That movie looked like it would suck and it did. This movie, however, has it's own category of "this movie will not suck, but guess what? It did." genre.
Yes, I get it: "We have made successful films off 'not giving a shit' principles, so we do what we want." This proved that doesn't work every time. This film was a mess.