Thinking About The Sunset Limited

April 4, 2011 at 9:06 am

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The Sunset Limited sold me when I saw the second I finished watching the trailer.  I happen to be a huge fan of Cormac McCarthy and couldn’t wait to see Samuel L. Jackson & Tommy Lee Jones in action.

The movie, based on McCarthy’s play, is about a man (Jones) who is saved as he attempts to end his life.  The movie begins and remains inside the rundown apartment of the man who saves him. (Jackson)

There, the two men then discuss everything including faith, love, friendship and forgiveness but also pain, loss, tragedy and hopelessness.

It’s a fascinating look at the line dividing happiness and despair.

I was amazed yet again by McCarthy’s incredibly rich and engaging words.  The entire conversation is so unique and thought provoking that I couldn’t help but immerse myself in the story.

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In Jones you see a broken man who wants nothing more than to end his life and reach the nothingness he craves.  He’s desperate to reach the darkness and silence in order to escape a world he has lost faith in.

In Jackson you see a former convict and violent man who has found peace in the bible and believe that every man can be saved.

It’s this contrast that makes their exchanges so brilliant and exciting.  I thought the movie was fantastic.

  • Death vs Life
  • Love vs Hatred
  • Science vs Religion
  • Belief vs Belief

The Sunset Limited is a great conversation and it had me thinking about it long after the credits rolled. I highly enjoy movies that stick with you like that.

I’m still thinking about it.  About life.  About faith.

The Sunset Limited is yet another strong reason why I love movies so much.