Director: Tommy Lee Jones
Writer: Cormac McCarthy
(Based on the play by Cormac McCarthy
Samuel L. Jackson plays a god fearing man who saves Tommy Lee Jones’s character from an attempted suicide. Neither man is named and the whole 90 minute film is just a conversation between the two in Jackson’s apartment. IMDB just identifies the characters as Black and White.
I love movies that are able to sustain interest throughout a feature length run time but they take place in just one setting or have just a few characters. This one has a really interesting premise and set up but it felt kind of flat to me. I am a fan of all involved and while I know it is originally a play the adaptation didn’t really feel cinematic at all.
The main conversation between the two is them debating their life beliefs. Jackson is a very religious man, he found God after he went to jail for murder. Jones is a professor who believes that life is empty, miserable and meaningless. The conversation between the two goes from the first frame to the last.
The performances are fine, a little stagey, but OK. I liked the movie and found it interesting but just kind of empty at the end.