The Sunset Limited [Blu-ray]
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The Sunset Limited is a searing, two character drama that mixes humor and pathos while examining the relationship between two strangers who are brought together by desperate circumstances. The story focuses on two very different men – a deeply religious black ex-con (Samuel L. Jackson) who thwarts the suicide attempt of an asocial white college professor (Tommy Lee Jones), who tried to throw himself in front of an oncoming subway train, the Sunset Limited. As the one attempts to connect on a rational, spiritual and emotional level, the other remains steadfast in his hard-earned despair. As their philosophical debate progresses, each spar passionately to defend their personal credo and convert the other.
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This film/play is not so much about the obvious core content of the dialogue as it is about the monkey mind of man and how that cruelest of all task-masters and betrayers is always prowling about looking for new sources of energy to feed on, no matter the price, or cost to the soul.
This film is a masterpiece full of insights, and revelations into just a few of the great paradoxes of the human race.
The last film I watched equal to this caliber was "My Dinner with Andre' back in 1981, which I highly recommend viewing along with "The Sunset Limited".
The acting performances by both Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel Jackson get very high marks in this film as their respective ages in life testify.
Likewise would God give you words to speak to the same?
The two perspectives, different sides of one coin in my opinion.
As long as you can keep them divided you are safe from ever understanding.
I can find truths from both perspectives in that bible, that is notably left closed on the table for most of the show.
A unity between the truth of the darkness of life in this world and the light our eyes are so unaccustomed too.
If you wake up from your dreams and open our eyes to the harsh light of day you will see the overwhelming filth and suffering.
Then some seek to either turn the light out while others trust the filth and suffering to the only one capable to do something about it.
That is if you believe in a God who is both love and an all consuming filth cleansing fire.
"God did not make the world this way, we did!" - Watchmen
It also brought to mind Edward Allbee's "The Zoo Story," which is also a play involving two characters, set in one location that deals with matters existential. By the way, if anyone knows of a good version that is available online, please let me know.
If you have a philosophical bent you will appreciate this. However, if you have such a temperament and you're currently depressed, this play can be seriously destabilizing.
The story and the presentation are far removed from the typical Hollywood treatment. This is a thought provoking screen play, not light entertainment, or the kind of action packed adventure in which we usually see these men acting.
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I was interested because of the actors in it. AWSOME!