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Old 02-27-08, 08:07 AM
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DVD Talk review of 'No Country for Old Men' (Blu-ray)

I read Daniel Hirshleifer's DVD review of No Country for Old Men at http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=32488 and...

I don't want to mar an otherwise excellent review, but just for clarification, Moss is hunting antelope, not deer. Also, he doesn't spot the cash while he's with the man begging for water...he spots it later in a location away from the drug shootout.

And it's nitpicking, but Chigurh would have been on Moss' tail regardless of whether he took water back to the sight of the shootout or not...saying more would reveal a plot point that I don't think is worth spoiling here.

Otherwise, I agree with everything Daniel said in his review!

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I purposefully simplified the synopsis for dramatic effect, but I will adjust the deer to antelope.
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Ok, now I'll nitpick on Shannon's commentary - and I wouldn't normally be this anal, except that it's a plot point I kinda dwelled upon, too - I think the film implies Chigurh really would not have been on Moss' trail had the guy not gone back with the water.

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The homing device has a very limited range, so it's entirely conceivable that the money would never have been tracked back to Moss. I just think it's an important point to consider, since the film is so nihilistic as to suggest Moss' biggest mistake is showing compassion.
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Also... great review, Daniel!
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Thanks!

Also, I think Shannon's point is that Chigurh is so methodical that he would have crisscrossed all the outlying areas, waiting for a signal from the tracking device. It is more than likely Chigurh would have at least caught on to Moss, but by going back and leaving his car at the scene, Moss made it much easier for Chigurh to track him. I do agree that his going back with the water was a fatal flaw, but I'm not sure it was compassion that compelled him. It felt more like hubris. He couldn't help but toy with the fates, knowing full well what the consequences would be.
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Thanks for the great review friend-o!
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Originally Posted by Suprmallet
Thanks!

Also, I think Shannon's point is that Chigurh is so methodical that he would have crisscrossed all the outlying areas, waiting for a signal from the tracking device. It is more than likely Chigurh would have at least caught on to Moss, but by going back and leaving his car at the scene, Moss made it much easier for Chigurh to track him. I do agree that his going back with the water was a fatal flaw, but I'm not sure it was compassion that compelled him. It felt more like hubris. He couldn't help but toy with the fates, knowing full well what the consequences would be.
What business of it of yours what methodologies Chigurh uses?
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What business of it of yours what methodologies Chigurh uses?
I'm just passin' the time. Anyway, it's time for me to be closin' up now.
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cant wait for this one...

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Would anyone recommend this as a blind buy? I'm not sure I want to risk it going on long wait at Netflix, and I refuse to use Blockbuster.
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Originally Posted by Vipper II
Would anyone recommend this as a blind buy? I'm not sure I want to risk it going on long wait at Netflix, and I refuse to use Blockbuster.
If you liked any of the Coen brothers' previous films (especially Fargo), it's definitely worth a shot.
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Wow, I didn't know my comment would spark such debate!

Honestly, I never thought about the limited range of the tracking device...that's a good point - although I think Chigurh would have found Moss anyway. After all, you can't run from Death, can you?


And to add to what Randy said above - I'm one of those who disliked Fargo, but loved No Country...so if you hated Fargo, it doesn't necessarily mean you'll dislike this film.
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Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt

Honestly, I never thought about the limited range of the tracking device...that's a good point - although I think Chigurh would have found Moss anyway. After all, you can't run from Death, can you?
That is exactly the point of the gas station scene. That quarter started who knows where in 1958, but ended up right there in 1980. He would have found Moss even if Moss had gone to China.
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OK, I guess I didn't need to spark debate about hypotheticals involving fictitious people.

Anyway, just to reiterate what Randy and Shannon said, "No Country for Old Men" is an easy blind buy. Great, great, great movie.

Did I mention that it's great?
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Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt
I don't want to mar an otherwise excellent review, but just for clarification, Moss is hunting antelope, not deer.
This is true...in the novel. In the film, I don't think it's mentioned. For all we know he was hunting Jackalopes. Or Snipes. Or...the most dangerous game of all...PEOPLE.
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Originally Posted by Groucho
This is true...in the novel. In the film, I don't think it's mentioned.
You mean other than the fact that you can SEE the herd of antelope?

Or were you making a joke again...I can never tell with you, G.
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I forgot that part.
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To be fair, it could have been people in antelope suits.

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