No Country For All Men is a disquieting film from the Coen Brothers that, by all accounts, is faithful to its roots in Cormac McCarthy’s novel.
Tommy Lee Jones plays Ed Tom Bell, a lawman who comes to comes to a point in life where enough is enough, but he is sticking at the point of transition.
He visits Ellis, his uncle, also a lawman, but one who was crippled in the line of duty.
Ed Tom Bell : That man that shot you died in prison.
Ellis : Angola. Yeah…
Ed Tom Bell : What you’d done he had been released?
Ellis : Oh, I dunno. Nothing. Wouldn’t be no point in it.
Ed Tom Bell : I’m kindly surprised to hear you say that.
Ellis : Well all the time ya spend trying to get back what’s been took from ya, more is going out the door. After a while you just have to try to get a tourniquet on it.
Ellis : You can’t stop what’s comin’, it ain’t all waitin’ on you… That’s vanity.