Alaska is America's last frontier. This vast expanse of raw nature is both setting and antagonist in John Sayles' Limbo, the story of three people who come together to face their own demons and to learn the very nature of risk.
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Atmopheric, very well written and dark insight about humans who find themselves in desperate situation. Limbo is possibly darkest and most complex of Sayles films among his own Lone Star and Matewan. It is also his grimmest work to date with beautiful photgraphy by Sayles regular Haskell Wexler. There is a masterpiece hidden somewhere in this film, but Sayles' decision to split his film into a two different films is not a wise move. If Limbo only would centered it's fantastic and touching second half, which focuses into the survival of three humans in a wilderness of Alaska. This seqment has career best performaces from film's lead actors David Strathairn, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and especially for young Vanessa Martinez who outdoes even her older collagues. Her delicate monologues and ability to portatrait loneliness and hidden angst is wonderful to watch and ranks as one this unique film's highpoints. Director/writer John Sayles also delivers perfect ending for his film. It might not satisfy everyone, but in a way it is a masterful way to end film titled as a Limbo. If Sayles would instead of two films focused in one, this would be something masterful, but now it ends just being very good. That is still not a bad achievement at all.
- emilkakko, Saturday, January 21, 2012
How low can you go? Not much lower than this amateurish, pretentious, steaming heap of terrible. The main character is named Adam Moses, or crying out loud! Shot in "cinematic" black and white digital video, it wants to be "Run, Lola, Run" as directed by Ingmar Bergmann. Not even close. It's ponderous, preachy, frequently incoherent, rife with bad acting and incompetent dialogue. Flixster has the 2004 clunker directed by Thomas Ikimi mixed up with a 1999 film with the same name from John Sayles. Don't be confused, even though you'll probably want to forget Ikimi's cinematic miscarriage ASAP.
- fb100000055749976, Tuesday, February 21, 2012