The Coen brothers, Ethan and Joel, have built their reputation on creating quirky characters in dark comedic crime capers such as Blood Simple and Fargo. In No Country for Old Men, they return to the twisted brilliance of their Blood Simple days with a crime tale that’s eerily chilling, and certain to become a cult classic.

The plot revolves around a West Texan welder, Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin), who discovers a satchel full of money from an erroneous drug deal. When he takes the money, he sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence with amazingly gory consequences.

No Country for Old Men aptly catches that distinct flavor of rural Southern towns without insulting its residents as it glides across several Texan counties following Moss, who is fervently being pursed by a psychotic killer played by Javier Bardem. Tommy Lee Jones plays the aging and disillusioned Terrell County Sheriff Bell, while Woody Harrelson has a small role as one of Moss’ pursuers.

Grim and grisly with a sharp ferocity that’s another staple of the Coens’ noir style, this is a beautifully honed and intense action flick.

Grade: A+

No Country for Old Men releases in theaters Nov. 9.