The Sunset Limited Reviews
The final 15 minutes build to a speech by Jones that is thought provoking and deep.
It tells the story of two complete strangers meeting by chance (or by divine intervention depending on who you choose to believe). The unnamed character (in the credits known as 'white') who is highly intelligent and educate but has lost whatever previous strength that he had to sustain him and has decided to end his life by throwing himself in front of a train (The Sunset Limited) and another unnamed man (referred into the credits as 'Black') who is equally intelligent, but educated only from his own life experiences who intervenes and somehow convince White to come with him back to his apartment to talk. How Black convinces White to do this is never really explained...however this is where the film begins.
'Black' was once a bad man of no faith, who at a critical point of his life believes that God spoke to him and saved him by sending him a better direction to live his life. Therefore he is utterly convinced that he and White were meant to meet because God wants Black to save him from wanting to end his life. White however is a man with no faith whatsoever in any higher being and sees little reason to continue his existence in a world where he sees no meaning.
What follows is a conversation of alternative perspectives about the meaning of life, with both sides offering intelligent insights of both sides that neither have considered before, which sometimes manages to expose flaws in both of their thinking. Samuel L Jackson's character dominates the direction of the conversation throughout most of the first 2/3 of the film...and this was necessary as White's bleak perspective of things would have been too difficult to hold the audiences attention in large chunks at the start.
Perhaps it is because I have been engaged in and enjoyed these kinds of deep conversations with people with opposite perspectives in my own life, but I loved this movie. I was actually deeply enthralled throughout. The ending is the kicker and was a fine ending to this kind of film.
For those that have any level of ADD, or require an action sequence to maintain your attention, or simply rarely like to exercise the old 'brain muscle'...you will get bored and this is not the movie for you.
Additionally, any people of religious faith who have either not really put much deep thought into your faith or are simply uncomfortable with anyone rattling the cage....this is not the film for you either. Non-religious people should be fine however as you all should be quite used to your beliefs being questioned fiercely. In fact, if you are an atheist, or a person of strong religious faith...I highly recommend this to both of you. But beware, this is a movie that inevitably will make you think if you see it through to the end.