No Country Is Thriller Heaven

Coen brothers adapt McCarthy novel to good effect
By Marcia Greenwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 9, 2007 10:27 AM CST

(Newser) – It's a far piece from their Oscar-winning Fargo, but No Country for Old Men, the new thriller from Joel and Ethan Coen, is generating the same kind of buzz. Set in a West Texas border town in 1980, No Country, an adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel about a drug deal gone horribly wrong and the resulting fallout, is "entertaining as hell," raves Peter Travers of Rolling Stone.

Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin, it's "a kind of dust bowl "Pulp Fiction"—"bloody, suspenseful, unnerving and, not incidentally, hilarious," write New York Post critic Kyle Smith. And while its violence might put off the squeamish, moviegoers will be transported "into raptures by tight editing, nimble camera work and faultless sound design—it’s pure heaven," writes AO Scott of the New York Times.