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Concerning a Man's Soul,
This review is from: The Sunset Limited (DVD)
Sunset Limited is a new HBO film that is located entirely in a dirty studio apartment in New York. Only two characters are presented in the film and their names are Black and White. One man, White, has decided that he is going to kill himself and the other is attempting to talk him out of it. Tommy Lee Jones plays White, the man who attempted to commit suicide by leaping into a train, and the character Black is played by Samuel L Jackson, who saved White from being hit by the train. The theme of the movie is Black trying to find out what is so bad that would make the intelligent character, White, end his life and how Black can keep White from trying to do it again as soon as he leaves the apartment.
The entire movie takes place inside Black's apartment as he tries to argue White into choosing life.
For 90 minutes they have a theological debate about God and their purpose on this earth. The debates are powerful and the conversations moving. Sunset limited makes up for the fact that it consists of no beautiful panoramic screen shots and channels all of its artistic energy into enhancing the script. The director chooses to set the scene with words of poetry rather than with colorful images. The decision to paint the movie through words rather than pictures is very rare and ends up adding a fantastic element to the Sunset Limited.
An incredibly dark tale but a very worthwhile film to watch.
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Initial post: Apr 15, 2011 11:46:43 AM PDT
I'd heard about this and thought it an interesting concept. Thanks for your review, I'm looking forward to seeing this now.
Posted on Aug 25, 2014 4:51:56 AM PDT
Reading your review, I wonder if you might enjoy what I found to be the converse of this- a film that covers some of the same ground philosophically, conveying meaning and artistic vision almost entirely THROUGH imagery. I saw it recently and thought it powerful, moving, and also quite rare: I Am From Titov Veles. You might like it, an entirely different take on whether "to be or not to be"... Thanks for the interesting review.
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