The Sunset Limited is a 2011 American television film directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson. It was the duo's second collaboration, after the 2000 film Rules of Engagement. The screenplay was written by Cormac McCarthy, based on his 2006 play of the same name.
|The Sunset Limited|
|Based on||The Sunset Limited|
by Cormac McCarthy
|Screenplay by||Cormac McCarthy|
|Directed by||Tommy Lee Jones|
|Starring||Tommy Lee Jones|
Samuel L. Jackson
|Theme music composer||Marco Beltrami|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Producer||Barbara A. Hall|
|Running time||91 minutes|
|Production company||HBO Films|
The film is about the relationship between a Christian African American who has a positive view of life and a nihilistic White man with a very negative view.
The film received generally favorable reviews.
Black and White converse about White's attempted suicide. White feels as though everything ends up in death, and that his life is minuscule in the throes of time.
From White's point of view, no matter how great someone or something is, all that is created eventually fades away. This is the opposite of what Black believes. He believes that there is a God and that we all must go through the troubles of life to get to paradise (Heaven). By his own account, his story is that of a man who has committed murder and was far away from God, but has now changed.
Black feels that he can dissuade White from committing suicide. With Black stopping White right before he was about to kill himself, Black feels that this is destiny. In the end, Black is not able to dissuade White from suicide; he lets him leave the apartment. When White leaves, Black is left pondering why God would put him in a position to save this man's life knowing that there is nothing that he can do to stop White from going through with the suicide.
On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 68% approval rating based on reviews from 28 critics. The website's consensus reads, "The Sunset Limited's ambition is undercut by arch dialogue and a claustrophobic setting, but Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson's dueling performances bring heft to this battle of wills." On Metacritic, it has a score of 67 out of 100 based on reviews from 15 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Verne Gay of Newsday praised the film and called it "grim, but a chance to see two magnificent actors at the peak of their powers." Mike Scott of The Times-Picayune called the film "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."
- "The Sunset Limited". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 11, 2022.
- "The Sunset Limited". Metacritic. Retrieved 2022-04-01.
- Verne Gay (2011). "'The Sunset Limited' for two on HBO". Newsday.
- Mike Scott (2012). "With Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson on board, 'Sunset Limited' is a thoughtful ride". The Times-Picayune.