The Sunset Limited (USA, 2011)

Directed by: Tommy Lee Jones. At the risk of scaring people away, I have to say that this film is one of the most important pieces of art I’ve seen probably in my whole life, in terms of personal impact. The simplicity of this film is its greatest strength: two actors, one room, 90 minutes of dialogue. And when the two actors in question are Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones, and the dialogue is by Cormac McCarthy—easily one of the most important novelists of our lifetime—then surely that’s enough. Apparently McCarthy writes plays too, like this one, and it’s about as compelling as a play could be (making this modest film adaptation about as compelling as any play film could be). I suppose I won’t go into all of the details that this film hashes out: theology, atheism, optimism, pessimism, morality, humanism, despair, hope, etc. There is an awful lot of stuff packed into 90 minutes. I heartily recommend seeing this movie if you’re a person remotely interested in life itself. If you want a quick plot and some explosions, go watch another movie (…or just go kill yourself).

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2 responses to “The Sunset Limited (USA, 2011)

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