Corrected entry: In the scene where Bardem's character is preparing to kill Harrelson's character, Harrelson makes the statement that he can get something on the order of tens of thousands of dollars out of an "ATM." Really? You can't get more than a couple hundred dollars out of an ATM.
Correction: If you or the bank which sponsors your ATM card has enacted a daily withdrawal limit you can't. Otherwise, you can withdraw as much money as your account holds or the ATM holds, whichever is less.
Corrected entry: When Bell is in the Hotel room in El Paso where Chigurh is hiding he looks down and notices the vent screen screws lying on the floor, which means Chigurh un-screwed them to see if the money was in the vent shaft, but why did he do this when he knew there had been and incident there where Moss was shot and the money was taken by the Mexicans, why was Chigurh even in the room anyway.
Correction: The money was not taken by the Mexicans. Chigurh clearly has the money at the end of the movie when he purchases the boy's shirt to use as an arm sling. The Mexicans never found the money because they didn't know where it was. Chigurh previously knew that Moss hid the money in a ventilation duct and correctly guessed that Moss hid it in one again.
Corrected entry: Chighur uses a cattle bolt gun to execute the first victim on the road by putting it against his forehead and firing it. Problem: since the bolt only extends an inch or two and them immediately retracts - we know it does that as it has virtually no recoil - it can't be used to kill. It isn't even a very effective stun weapon and it certainly can't penetrate a skull, much less destroy the brain tissue underneath. That guy would wake up a few hours later with a bad headache and that would be it. Nor would there be an entry wound, just a skin hematoma.
Correction: If it works on cows, it'd work on people. Why couldn't two inches of metal violently thrust forward from a starting position directly against a person's forehead not penetrate into their brain? This entry makes absolutely no sense at all.
Corrected entry: As Moss runs away after jumping out of the hotel window Chigurh shoots at him. There is a quick flash of light that allows us to see the silhouette of Chigurh standing in the room as he fires the shotgun and we see the pattern of pellets strike the sidewalk. We are supposed to believe that the flash of light was from the muzzle flash of the shotgun, but that is impossible. The muzzle flash would be in front of Chigurh, but in order to show Chigurh in silhouette the light source would have to be behind him.
Correction: The silhouette is visible because of the lit hallway, NOT because of the flash. It's visible all the time while he's jumping, EXCEPT when there's a flash.
Corrected entry: In the first motel where Moss stashes the money in the vent, it is implied that the Mexicans also have a transponder just like Chigurh does (Chigurh mentions this when he shoots the man who hired him). So we are meant to believe that being in that room all night and into the next day, the Mexicans were unable to locate the money which is stashed in a vent just a few feet away from them. This seems unbelievable since Chigurh figured out where the money had been put practically right after he did away with the Mexicans.
Correction: This is a theory - an assumption that the Mexicans are as smart or cunning as Chigurh is. In addition, it is entirely possible that the Mexicans do not understand just exactly what a transponder is and that the beeps on their "receiver" may simply be telling them that the money had been in the room (as if it had left a scent) and therefore the easiest thing is to just patiently wait for Moss to return to their trap and make him lead them to the money.
Corrected entry: I know Moss said it was dumb, but it was more than dumb - if there ever was a plot hole, it was when Moss decided to take water back to the wounded Mexican in the truck. This action makes no sense from any perspective. One, the obvious, is that he almost got killed doing it as he was caught at the site. Two, even if he had not have been caught at the sight, if this was a true humanitarian gesture, it should have been obvious it was going to take more than a drink of water for this severely wounded man to survive, i.e. he would have to be taken to a hospital. This was simply out of the question for Moss, due to the inevitable questions, eventual police involvement, and much unwanted exposure to the criminal element out to get him. Also, if by some miracle the Mexican survived, he had seen Moss, and probably would have few qualms about identifying him to the people he worked with. Three, given Moss's later actions it seemed a little out of character, since he put the hotel clerk and the driver of a truck in harm's way without a second thought, and they both ended up dead. Moss's obvious course of action should instead have been to get himself and his wife out of the country ASAP, if he wanted to keep the money. Hanging around that area meant certain death.
Correction: Point by point: One, he didn't know he was going to be attacked, so this is irrelevant. Two, he wasn't expecting to save the man's life, only to ease his suffering. The man was begging for water, and Moss's conscious got the better of him. Three, Moss was trying to survive. Once he understood the nature of his pursuer, desperate measures were required to keep himself alive. And Moss did try to get himself and his wife out of the area; that's what the entire movie is about.
Corrected entry: As Sheriff Bell approaches the door of the motel room in El Paso, we see Chigurh hiding behind it with his shotgun. However when the door is opened, we see no evidence of Chigurh - the light streams across the floor where his feet should be, but we don't see any feet. Also, the door bangs against the back wall, which it could not do if Chigurh were there.
Correction: This scene is meant to be symbolic - Chigurh is not really there, it's Bell imagining him being there, and "not seeing" him whether he's there or not - that ties in with the dreams in the end, of Bell feeling guilty because he consciously let someone get away with murder.
Corrected entry: When Chigurh shoots the wall in the motel room in Del Rio we see an example of the pellet pattern produced by his shotgun at a distance of about 10 feet. Later Chigurh shoots Stephen Root from a distance greater than 10 feet, so the pellet pattern should have been even larger. This implies that the window behind Root should have been broken by the pellets that did not hit him.
Correction: Although it is not mentioned in the movie, the book explains that Chigurh was using small (10) shot so that the window would not be broken.
Corrected entry: Sheriff Bell carries a Colt semi-automatic single action pistol. As he prepares to enter the motel room in El Paso we see him draw his pistol and cock the hammer. This implies that he was carrying the pistol with the hammer down with a round in the chamber, which would be very unlikely since it is well known that that is the most dangerous way to carry such a gun. The standard way that most professionals carry this gun is in a "cocked-and-locked" condition where the hammer is cocked and the thumb safety engaged.
Correction: Not a plot hole if a character is behaving dangerously.
Corrected entry: When Carson Wells spots the money briefcase from the bridge, it is in the bright sunlight. In the next scene we see him returning to his hotel at night, so obviously at least five hours have passed. We know that Wells did not retrieve the money, since Moss retrieves it later. It seems very unlikely that Wells would have just left the money on the riverbank after discovering where it was.
Correction: Wells did not retrieve the money because he knew Chigurh was also looking for it and intended to use its location as a bargaining chip. Unfortunately for Wells, his plan did not work out.
Corrected entry: Early in the movie Moss asks his wife "When would you stop looking for your $2 million?" implying that he knows there are 2 million dollars in the case. That implies he must have counted the money. But if he counted the money surely he would have found the transponder. How could he miss all those $1 bills (that the transponder was encased in) when they should have been $100 bills?
Correction: Because the bands that hold the bills together have the numerical value "$10,000" printed on them. Moss counted the number of stacks and added four zeros to that number. There must have been 200 stacks in the case.
Corrected entry: When Llewelyn is being chased by the Mexicans in the truck he is carrying his large pistol in a "Mexican carry" - meaning he just has it tucked in the waistband of his pants - at the small of his back. We can see the gun when he takes off his coat to dive into the river. Anyone who has ever tried to carry a heavy pistol in this manner knows it is very insecure. It is not believable to think that Llewelyn could tuck that large pistol in his waistband, run a few hundred yards, dive in a river and swim 50 yards without the gun falling out.
Correction: Depends entirely on how tight your belt is.
Corrected entry: The motel rooms in both Del Rio and El Paso have large central air vents, convenient for hiding money. However the exterior shots of both motels show that the rooms are equipped with AC units mounted under the window (as evidenced by the large exterior vent under the window). It is very unlikely that both motels would use both a central air system and separate AC room units.
Correction: The motels do not have AC units large enough for central air, so the window units are installed in each room. However the ducts shown are not for AC, they provide heat from the furnace during the few colder months.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Llewelyn goes back to the site of the drug deal to give the man the jug of water, it is pitch black out when the Mexican gangsters first begin chasing him in the truck. By the time he jumps into the river to get away from the dog, it is fully light out.
Correction: Yes, because Llewelyn went back in the early hours of the morning, like 4 AM or so, just before the sunrise. There's enough time for the man in the truck to die from his injuries while Llewelyn is searching through the site, and he is interrupted by the gangsters arriving back on scene. It is starting to get light out already when the gangsters arrive, and is entirely possible for it to be completely light out by the time he jumps in the river, since the sun rises above the horizon quickly in the desert.
Corrected entry: The laws of physics dictate that for any action there is an equal opposite reaction. Anton Chigurh uses a high powered air gun that defies the laws of physics. It fires a powerful enough blast to blow out the cylinder of a lock. There should be a powerful kickback. The lack of a kickback is most obvious in the scene where he shoots the motorist in the head with it, and his hand moves forward with the blast.
Correction: Chigurh isn't using an airgun, he's using a captive bolt pistol used to kill cattle at slaughter houses. It consists of a bolt fired at high speed for about an inch or two. The bolt is started and stopped by the same device, so there is no kick to speak of.
Corrected entry: At the start of the movie, Sheriff Tom Bell talks about how when he became a sheriff his father was still a sheriff, and both were sheriffs at the same time. However, at the end Bell is describing a dream with his father in it, and states that his father was 20 years younger than he is now when the father died, so his father is the younger man in the dream. If the father died 20 years younger than Bell is now, he could not have still been alive and a sheriff when Bell became a sheriff.
Correction: Bell's precise age is not given in the film, but, based on the age of Tommy Lee Jones at the time the film was made, it's reasonable to state that Bell is in his early-to-mid sixties. He states that he's lived twenty years longer than his father, putting his father in his early-to-mid forties when he died. If the two were sheriffs at the same time, and we assume that Bell was twenty-five when he became sheriff (which is not what he specifically says, only that he was a sheriff when he was that age), that would mean an age difference between father and son of around eighteen years. This is relatively early to become a father, but hardly implausibly so.
Corrected entry: By the time the action reaches El Paso, Anton Chigurh has killed 11 people (deputy, 1st motorist, 2 drug dealers in desert, hotel desk clerk, 3 Mexicans in hotel, pickup truck driver, chicken truck driver, Carson Wells) including a sheriff's deputy. There were also several additional murders in the desert in the beginning. Yet there is no massive manhunt, just old Sheriff Tom Bell alone hunting for him. There should have been a major police presence hunting him.
Correction: This sort of thing comes under the category of we don't see everything going behind the scenes. First, we don't see enough outside of the Sheriff's world. We don't know what other authorities such as the FBI are up to so they might be on to him but might not. Secondly whether the authorities were linking up that all the murders were connected is left unknown. Maybe same gun but no specific M.O. Finally Anton was almost like a ghost leaving little to no trace behind of him. Even if they were on a manhunt, what would they look for? A man who has killed virtually everyone who has taken a good look at him, no real physical evidence and perhaps no background file on him.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Moss is waiting to ambush Chigurh after crashing the truck, he shoots Chigurh in the leg and picks up his specially modified pump action shotgun with the silver silencer. Yet when Chigurh approaches Carson Wells in the hotel lobby, he has that gun back.
Correction: Watch the film again: Moss doesn't take the shotgun from Chigurh, but a small SMG. Chigurh might have used the shotgun at the Motel, but he definitely takes out this small SMG to look for Moss at the scene of the accident. Check out timecodes 1:01:17 and 1:02:02 on the DVD to verify this.