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* DownerEnding: Not only [[spoiler:is the Deuteragonist murdered (off-screen)]], but then [[spoiler:the villain murders the hero's wife (again, off-screen) and escapes justice, leaving an old man to contemplate his inability to act in the face of so much seemingly pointless violence of the world. On a slightly brighter not, we see that Chigurh is himself not immune to the impartiality of the universe. While he survives the film, he winds up wounded and without his money]].

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* DownerEnding: Not only [[spoiler:is the Deuteragonist murdered (off-screen)]], but then [[spoiler:the villain murders the hero's wife (again, off-screen) and escapes justice, leaving an old man to contemplate his inability to act in the face of so much seemingly pointless violence of the world. On a slightly brighter not, we see that Chigurh is himself not immune to the impartiality of the universe. While he survives the film, he winds up wounded and without his money]].money. The novel also implies that the police are still tracking down Chigurh, indicating that soon will be caught]].


* TheCartel: Real life drug kingpin Pablo Acosta's Juarez Cartel is one of the two parties involved in the drug deal gone wrong. [[spoiler: Their hitmen eventually kill Moss.]]

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* TheCartel: Real life Real-life drug kingpin Pablo Acosta's Juarez Cartel is one of the two parties involved in the drug deal gone wrong. [[spoiler: Their hitmen eventually kill Moss.]]



* CelebrityParadox: In the novel Ed Tom Bell mentions the murder of a federal judge in San Antonio. He's referring to John Howland Wood, who was assassinated outside his townhouse by a contract killer named Charles Harrelson on May 29, 1979. Creator/WoodyHarrelson (yes, the son of Charles) would go on to co-star in the [[Creator/TheCoenBrothers Coen Brothers]]' film.

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* CelebrityParadox: In the novel novel, Ed Tom Bell mentions the murder of a federal judge in San Antonio. He's referring to John Howland Wood, who was assassinated outside his townhouse by a contract killer named Charles Harrelson on May 29, 1979. Creator/WoodyHarrelson (yes, the son of Charles) would go on to co-star in the [[Creator/TheCoenBrothers Coen Brothers]]' film.



* DeathIsDramatic: [[spoiler:Moss's]] death is a notably subverted in drama, as it happens off screen. Though in the book, the gun battle with the cartel is actually described vividly by a police officer after the fact, and it's pretty damn dramatic how it went down.

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* DeathIsDramatic: [[spoiler:Moss's]] death is a notably subverted in drama, as it happens off screen.off-screen. Though in the book, the gun battle with the cartel is actually described vividly by a police officer after the fact, and it's pretty damn dramatic how it went down.



* ImproperlyPlacedFirearms: In one scene, Chigurh uses a Glock 19 pistol. Glock pistols were not produced until 1983. The movie takes place in 1980. His Remington 11-87 wouldn't be introduced until 1987

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In one scene, Chigurh uses a Glock 19 pistol. Glock pistols were not produced until 1983. The movie takes place in 1980.
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* NiceShoes: Throughout the movie, cowboy boots are heavily focused on, whether its through the frequent shots of Anton Chigurh's or having an entire scene devoted to Llewelyn buying them, with this fixation emphasising the NewOldWest atmosphere of the film as a whole.

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* NiceShoes: Throughout the movie, cowboy boots are heavily focused on, whether its it's through the frequent shots of Anton Chigurh's or having an entire scene devoted to Llewelyn buying them, with this fixation emphasising the NewOldWest atmosphere of the film as a whole.



* SurpriseCarCrash: It uses this as part of its AntiClimax ending. After [[spoiler: Anton Chigurh kills Carla Jean and drives off before the police arrives, his car is struck down by another vehicle as he is leaving the neighborhood. Chigurh is as much a victim of circumstance as anyone else]].

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* SurpriseCarCrash: It uses this as part of its AntiClimax ending. After [[spoiler: Anton Chigurh kills Carla Jean and drives off before the police arrives, arrive, his car is struck down by another vehicle as he is leaving the neighborhood. Chigurh is as much a victim of circumstance as anyone else]].



* VillainsNeverLie: Averted. The Juarez Cartel recovers their heroin from the deal gone wrong, but reports it missing to the other party involved.

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* VillainsNeverLie: Averted. The Juarez Cartel recovers their heroin from the deal gone wrong, wrong but reports it missing to the other party involved.



* XanatosSpeedChess: The film is essentially a three way game between Moss, Chigurh, and Bell.

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* XanatosSpeedChess: The film is essentially a three way three-way game between Moss, Chigurh, and Bell.


* ImprobableAimingSkills: Somewhat averted with Anton Chigurh, a hitman with probably decades of experience. He is capable of gunning down the driver of a vehicle from a lengthy distance using a sub-machine gun with only two shots. The third would have killed the passenger had he not reacted quickly.



* ImproperlyPlacedFirearms: In one scene, Chigurh uses a Glock 19 pistol. Glock pistols were not produced until 1983. The movie takes place in 1980
** Not to mention his Remington 11-87, introduced 1987

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* ImproperlyPlacedFirearms: In one scene, Chigurh uses a Glock 19 pistol. Glock pistols were not produced until 1983. The movie takes place in 1980
** Not to mention his
1980. His Remington 11-87, 11-87 wouldn't be introduced until 1987


* DownerEnding: Not only [[spoiler:is the Deuteragonist murdered (off-screen)]], but then [[spoiler:the villain murders the hero's wife (again, off-screen) and escapes justice, leaving an old man to contemplate his inability to act in the face of so much seemingly pointless violence of the world]].
** Possibly averted in a sense with Chigurh: [[spoiler: for a man happy to end lives on a coin toss saying it is fate, getting into a car accident that breaks his arm severely - the last time we see him - does at least show he is as mortal as anybody else, his belief system targets him too, and basically doesn't fully escape unscathed.]] A small token, but a thematically important one.

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* DownerEnding: Not only [[spoiler:is the Deuteragonist murdered (off-screen)]], but then [[spoiler:the villain murders the hero's wife (again, off-screen) and escapes justice, leaving an old man to contemplate his inability to act in the face of so much seemingly pointless violence of the world]].
** Possibly averted in
world. On a sense with Chigurh: [[spoiler: for a man happy to end lives on a coin toss saying it is fate, getting into a car accident that breaks his arm severely - the last time slightly brighter not, we see him - does at least show that Chigurh is himself not immune to the impartiality of the universe. While he is as mortal as anybody else, survives the film, he winds up wounded and without his belief system targets him too, and basically doesn't fully escape unscathed.]] A small token, but a thematically important one. money]].


** Averted for the novel. It is pretty par for the course as Cormac McCarthy works go.


* BadassNormal: Moss starts out looking like an uneducated, blue-collar underdog who might be in over his head against the well-armed, well-organized forces surrounding him, but he proves surprisingly resourceful.


* AmbiguouslyHuman: Chigurh is ''this'' close to a HumanoidAbomination, but nothing he does is ever explicitly impossible or supernatural.


But for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and the men behind the deal have sent ruthless hitman Anton Chigurh (Creator/JavierBardem) to retrieve the briefcase. Chigurh is a man willing to do ''absolutely anything'' -- to "[[{{Ubermensch}} follow a supreme act of will]]", as [[BlueAndOrangeMorality he puts it]] -- in order to achieve his aims... and it's no longer just the money he's after.

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But for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and the men behind the deal have sent ruthless hitman Anton Chigurh (Creator/JavierBardem) to retrieve the briefcase. Chigurh is a man willing to do ''absolutely anything'' ''[[TheUnfettered absolutely anything]]'' -- to "[[{{Ubermensch}} follow a supreme act of will]]", as [[BlueAndOrangeMorality he puts it]] -- in order to achieve his aims... and it's no longer just the money he's after.

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* BoomHeadshot: Chigurh to the poor sap he carjacks. With a ''cattle gun'', of all things.

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** Possibly averted in a sense with Chigurh: [[spoiler: for a man happy to end lives on a coin toss saying it is fate, getting into a car accident that breaks his arm severely - the last time we see him - does at least show he is as mortal as anybody else, his belief system targets him too, and basically doesn't fully escape unscathed.]] A small token, but a thematically important one.

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** Averted for the novel. It is pretty par for the course as Cormac McCarthy works go.

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* LoveAtFirstSight: A rare sweet moment when Carla Jean describes to Sheriff Bell how she met Moss. Moss simply walked into the store in which she worked, he said hello and "that was all she wrote".

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* ConscienceMakesYouGoBack: Moss finds a dying man asking for water when he first reaches the shootout. He leaves without helping, but his conscience prickles him later at home, so he returns to the shootout scene to bring the man water... Which is a mistake, and kickstarts the plot.


* {{Motifs}}: Throughout the movie, cowboy boots are heavily focused on, whether its through the frequent shots of Anton Chigurh's or having an entire scene devoted to Llewelyn buying them, with this fixation emphasising the NewOldWest atmosphere of the film as a whole.


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* NiceShoes: Throughout the movie, cowboy boots are heavily focused on, whether its through the frequent shots of Anton Chigurh's or having an entire scene devoted to Llewelyn buying them, with this fixation emphasising the NewOldWest atmosphere of the film as a whole.

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* TooDumbToLive: The cop in the opening. Instead of putting Anton Chigurh in a jail cell after arresting him, he turns his back on him and sits on a desk to make a phone call, [[TemptingFate believing he has everything under control]].

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