Summary: I like indie films - usually. Sometimes I wonder if the artist is really saying anything or being pretentious and rubbing our face in it. I can certainly see where students of film, artists, may find this interesting or meaningful. I do not fall in that category. **Spolier** "Life is dirt" is one of the few lines in the whole movie and it is spoken at the very beginning. This leads me to believe that the film is made at our expense.
The Limits...of this viewers patience, with SPOILERS
10 October 2010
Summary: I rented this movie on the assumption the words on the cover - "A thriller written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Jarmusch..." - were promising, but I found it excruciatingly slow, derivative, unbelievably pretentious, repetitive and ultimately a bore. The main character speaks, at most, ten words; he is to be seen as interesting because he always orders two espressos and crumples and swallows bits of paper - containing (presumably) directions, addresses or orders -...
Summary: If you're looking for a great story, you'd better go read a book. If you think you can make up your own story, maybe you can watch this film. Before I saw it, I looked for reviews on the net. People spoke about too little dialogue, slowness and even misuse of great actors. So I was a bit prepared and knew what I could or could not expect. This wasn't bad, but after watching it and reading some reviews again, it became very clear to me that this film is very personal.
Summary: I really enjoy some of Jim Jarmusch's work (Night on Earth, Mystery Train and Dead Man), and I thought that I would like this film based on the story (or lack thereof) and the soundtrack, however, I was quite disappointed. The film is very slow, and while this can work and be beneficial to the plot, I think that it dragged on far too long in this instance.
Summary: I've seen a worse movie than Limits of Control. The Singing Forest was worse. But very, very few people will ever encounter that schlock. Many more will force themselves masochistically to endure nearly two hours of Limits of Control. After all, it has Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, and is directed by a famous director. Yet nothing happens in LoC. Unless you consider eight presentations of the same boring riff "something.
Summary: This is a tough picture to review, although I can really only come to one conclusion: you have to watch it for yourself. Jim Jarmusch based it on the idea of making an "action movie without action", and I think that's pretty accurate. The film follows a mysterious man around Spain, where he meets with even more mysterious contacts and exchanges secret messages. Clearly he is on a mission, a dangerous and illegal one. But what is his job? Who does he work for?
Summary: It has been said that God is a circle whose center is everywhere and whose perimeter is nowhere. In the beautiful and enigmatic The Limits of Control, director Jim Jarmusch puts it this way, "The universe has no center and no edges" and, "everything is subjective", or "reality is arbitrary".
Slow-paced and captivating political mystery with a subterranean anarchist impulse
21 May 2009
Summary: The plot of this film develops like good minimalist music. A pleasant tune repeated over and over with minor variations. For a film such as "The Limits of Control", the number of repetitions may seem excessive, but they are essential in building a subtle interpretation that crystallizes at the end. At every repetition a different actor or actress interacts with the hero.
Summary: "The Limits of Control" is a post-modernist exercise. It doesn't tell a story. (There are apparently no stories worth telling on a planet defined by a singer as dirt.) Rather, the movie borrows the plot lines and dialogue of film noir, the preoccupations of French art criticism, and other semi-art cinema fare, and recombines them in a heavily ironic and lushly sensual setting, (1) to draw attention to itself and (2) to comment on dreams, art, and the making of art.
Summary: Sit back, open your mind, watch the magical pictures genius cinematographer Chris Doyle paints and let Jarmusch take you to a new world. This movie is an instant classic, uncompromisingly inviting the viewer to fill in the blanks while being enchanted and entertained. When the lights came up at the end of the screening, I wanted it to go on for hours more.