It’s been a few years since I was so viscerally affected by a movie. Chigure, the antagonist, is a figure straight out of Beelzebub’s dreams. In fact he is Death personified. He is introduced to us on a pale horse (well a Cadillac, but same difference). Anyone who sees him dies. One of his victims asks if he is going to kill him and Chigure’s response is, “Did you see me.” His wickedness is amplified by the bizarre weapon he uses; a pressurized air gun that is normally used to kill cattle. And that is all this is to Chigure. This rampage of death and destruction is merely his job. And the killing of people is of no more consequence to him than the death of a cow is to a meat processor.

This movie is a reflection on death. I can’t say exactly what the movie’s point of view on death is because of a jerk moviegoer who has talking and walking around during the most important dialogue. But it’s not often that a movie affects my mood for hours on end after the film has ended. I could not fall asleep last night, not out of a sense of fear like from a good horror flick, but a sense of unease awakened by the movie. An unease that I am not prepared for death. In that sense this is actually a very good movie for the Lenten season as the Lenten season calls us evaluate our lives and make ready for the resurrection.

This movie also shares a common theme with another of the Coen Brother’s best films. As in Fargo it is one simple step into the criminal world that wreaks havoc in the main character’s life. What the character’s assume is a contained criminal act opens their lives to murder and mayhem running amok.

Life lesson from the movie: Just remember when you come across a couple million dollars from a drug deal gone bad call the cops and leave the money.

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