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.
Corrected entry: Chigurh uses a captive bolt gun, which is supposed to explain why he feels no recoil. However. This only works if the gun is not pressed against something. If it's pressed against a target - like a lock in one case in the movie - he should feel an equal and opposite force to what is being experienced by his target: the mutual forces of action and reaction between two bodies are equal, opposite and collinear. The nature of the target is irrelevant: if it absorbs energy, as these examples do, there will be an equal and opposite reaction, which is recoil. The recoil of many of his uses should be significant enough to be very obviously visible.
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.
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 an incident there where Moss was shot and the money was taken by the Mexicans, why was Chigurh even in the room anyway.
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.
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.CodeCat
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.logician
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 site, 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.logician
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.CodeCat
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.CodeCat
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.CodeCat
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.CodeCat
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?CodeCat
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.CodeCat
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.CodeCat
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.
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.
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.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Lewelly gives his fiance a lift to the bus, the interior of the bus looks totally 1990s. Especially telling: the seat fabric and design wasn't used until the early 1990s.
Corrected entry: Colonel offers Chigur money from an ATM. Pretty sure that wasn't an option in 1980.
Corrected entry: If Anton Chigurgh is such an "ultimate bad ass," then why would he allow himself to be placed in handcuffs at the beginning of the film? I only saw one officer on scene with Anton. If there were several officers, then it would make better sense. But one officer in the middle of nowhere with the "ultimate bad ass," Anton, doesn't make sense.
Corrected entry: The first motel where Josh Brolin hides out advertises "Free HBO" on its sign (I believe it was best shown in the scene where Brolin is in the cab and chooses to drive by). While HBO may have existed as a company in 1980, it was not widely used or known at the time (let alone available and affordable to a cheap motel in rural Texas).
Corrected entry: Chigurh sucks up a small amount of fluid in the syringe, but injects a full syringe when patching himself up in a hotel.
Corrected entry: After lewelen is in the hospital, he crosses the border and goes to buy some clothes. How does he pay for the clothes? He is wearing his hospital gown (not the pants he put some of the stolen money in the pockets of). He does not have the bag with him either, so he could not have had any money with him. It is highly unlikely that he got his pants from the hospital before he left, because he would have just gotten the clothes, too. Even if he wanted to buy some clothes that were not bloody, he would have worn the bloody clothes to the store. It is also unlikely that he pre-paid for another set of clothes when he went to the store the first time, as he had no way of knowing he would need another set of clothes.
Corrected entry: Josh Brolin searches through the case of money and finds the homing device and sets it on the night stand. He then hears the approaching Chigurh. He gets his gun and sets himself on the bed facing the door. He is not shown closing the case nor does he have time to fold the tops together, thread the handle through, and snap the left and right locks. But, when he makes a quick escape out the back window, the money case is securely closed. Most of this scene the camera is on Brolin. Occasionally we see the door. We do not see Brolin close and lock the case nor do we hear the snaps of the case being locked.
Corrected entry: The playbill of the movie shows Josh Brolin escaping from the Mexican killers with his rifle and the case with the money. This never happens in the movie. When we see him both with money and rifle, he's simply returning to his car; when he's running from the killers he's got neither his rifle nor the case.
Corrected entry: In the first motel room when Llewelyn pushes the case into the air vent, he forces it to the left at the junction so that the handle of the case is not visible. Later, when he retreives it from the room behind, it is on the right-hand side, from his perspective, with the handle visible. The way he originally positioned it in the vent, it should have been on the left side when viewed from the second room.
Corrected entry: When Chigurh pulls the driver over at the beginning of the film and murders him with the cattlegun, a mist of blood emerges at the back of the man's head, presumably from the exit wound. However, Sheriff Bell later states that there was no exit wound.
Corrected entry: Though the film is set in 1980, a number of the period vehicles are of a much later vintage.
Corrected entry: Moss loses his boots during his escape in the desert; he rips his shirt up and wraps them around his feet. But when he gets back home that night and his wife finds him under the trailer, he is wearing boots again.
Corrected entry: In the scene in which the psychopath enters the residence, he bends down to pick up the mail on the floor (as if it had been dropped in through a mail slot in the door). But when he swings the door shut, there is no mail slot on the door so the mail would have no reason to be on the floor.
Corrected entry: Josh Brolin hides the bag of cash in the air vent in one hotel room, then later retrieves it from the air vent in the room next door. This was impossible. The air vents were in the center of each room. That would mean they were approximately 10 to 15 feet apart. Josh Brolin slides the money bag to the back of the air vent in the first room and then nudges it to the left down the perpendicular connecting air vent. Then when he returns he gets the room next door, takes down the grate of this air vent and looks in and sees the money bag at the back of the air shaft. If it is visible at the back of the first air shaft it could not be seen at the back of the air vent in the room next door.