The Sunset Limited

2011

The Sunset Limited (2011)

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A God-fearing ex-con (Samuel L. Jackson) saves a despondent college professor (Tommy Lee Jones) from throwing himself in front of a speeding subway train, and struggles to comprehend the suicidal man's unwavering despair during a series of intense philosophical debates. Adapted from the play by Cormac McCarthy (All the Pretty Horses, The Road). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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A thinking man's drama that rolls deep, heavy thoughts around and around, trying to puzzle out where the truth lies. Or, indeed, if what we see as the truth is just that: a lie.

Feb 10, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Sunset Limited

A gritty, atmospheric and brilliantly crafted piece of work. A triumph from Writer, Cormack McCarthy and Director, Tommy Lee Jones. It`s filled with the beautifully written language of its words and superb performances from its two great stars. Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones both give some of the best and most passionate acting of their careers in this film. They have dynamic and brilliant chemistry. This moving, shattering and thought-provoking movie will keep you thinking by yourself long after it`s over. It truly leaves it`s mark on you when it`s at its most gripping moments or even in its darkly funny moments. A groundbreaking and terrifically character drawn movie. It`s truly stunning, powerful and absolutely unforgettable.

Al S
Al S

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½

Tommy Lee Jones goes director and goes simple with The Sunset Limited.

The full 90 minutes of screen time takes place in a single room apartment with only a couple central characters to follow. Unsurprisingly, the plot is light, but the film takes its time in revealing the major details about it. So the plot is light, it takes place in a single apartment, and there are only two characters. What keeps this picture going for 90 minutes? The dialogue.

The dialogue is philosophical, religious, and what makes it all moderately entertaining is that the views of the two characters are different. Each of them has their moments during this 90 minute discussion, which all leads up to a dramatic 10 minute conclusion.

To top it all off, Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson portray the two individuals at the table. Both mesh well together and both know how to, and do, effectively deliver their lines. This movie wouldn't have been the same without them.

For what it is, The Sunset Limited is nicely done, but it is the subject matter that is the determining factor at how enjoyable it is.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

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Seriously boring.. if you don't feel like falling asleep watching a movie don't watch this movie. You can actually just listen to this movie and not even see it. Just two grown men talking about different ideas including racism, jail, religion, god and eveything else in between. Two men in an apartment with their opposing beliefs.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

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"Like Kubrick's 2001, this is a movie about content and... containers." What a powerful and emerging film that depicts the two opposing sides of this universe. I was really surprised by the quality of this "little" film. This isn't a movie about two people talking in a room about random stuff. This isn't a film about two life-travelers that engage in an ongoing argument about the human condition. This is a film about the quality of life. Not the meaning of it but the quality. The details in it's design. The true valor's clockwork. The duality of belief, as a general term, is analyzed completely in this great approach of the Cormac McCarthy novel in which the two main protagonists, "named" simply Black (Samuel L. Jackson) and White (Tommy Lee Jones) are debating over a serious and dangerous issue. "White tried to jump in front of a train and Black came and saved his ass. He carries him in his apartment and tries to put some sense into this White dude." Right? Not really. "The movie also promotes religion and is an ongoing boredom that I completely despise." RIght? Not really again. This has a greater meaning than just that. We live in a world filled with pathetic lies, corny truths, raised flags over white buildings and big letters over or on the dark ones. We live in a world where prostitution is legalized even in the cultural state of the society. We live in a world where rejection, where pain, where slavery and failure are common attraction to the atrocious tourists. We are hoping to free the world from the hands of the manipulators and selfish dictators, we organize revolutions, we fight for freedom but in the end we all get trapped in the same positions as we were before. This is what this movie is about. It's about the ongoing fight carried to win our faith back. Faith, science, culture, logic, mathematics, metaphors, feelings, achievements... They are all the same. They are contents, ingredients and thoughts that the humankind must have in order to survive the greatest threat of them all. The threat which is not the monetary system, the threat which is not the harsh reality, the threat which is not the solely figurative place of the man in the world, but the threat that is represented in the lack of faith in ourselves. We are our own guides because we rule this world. This is why this movie has captured my attention completely. It's not a masterpiece, it's not a grand scale picture, it's not a studio banking option, it's not even part of the best films in the last years but... at the same time... it's simply great. I loved it because it really balances amazingly well the truth revealed along the film with the denouement. They are identical as both form and content. I also liked the little details like the black coffee, the text erased at the bottom of the Bible, the absence of tv and radio, the lockers on the door and not to mention the biggest detail of them all... the room. Just think about the room vs. everything else. Order vs. Chaos. Even in a messy world we could find order... Going further to the execution, the story is well structured, the dialogues are haunting, the cliches are gone because even if you find them they tend to leap by the end of the film, the acting is impeccable and the technical aspect of the movie was a comfortable surprise. It's exactly what the film needed. I can't talk too much about this film because I don't want to enter into the details... I just hope people could see what a good movie this really is. I'm pretty sure few movies captured my attention as this one did. Like Kubrick's 2001, this is a movie about content and... containers. Storyline/Dialogue: 8,5/10. Acting: 8,5/10. Art Direction: 6,5/10. Cinematography/Editing: 7,5/10. Score/Soundtrack: 7/10. =============================== Overall: 8,0

Julian Left
Julian Left

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