The Sunset Limited trailer
Tommy Lee Jones has directed his next film and it stars himself and Samuel L. Jackson, that's all, just the two of them, cooped up in a room for the entire length of the film and just talking.
It's an HBO Film and comes from the writer Cormac McCarthy, so expect some polarised views at the ending of the film, something we've seen a number of times from his films.
A startling encounter on a New York subway platform leads two strangers to a run-down tenement where a life-or-death decision must be made.
In that small apartment, 'Black' and 'White', as the two men are known, begin a conversation that leads each back through his own history - mining the origins of two diametrically opposing world views, they begin a dialectic redolent of the best of Beckett.
White is a professor whose seemingly enviable existence of relative ease has left him nonetheless in despair. Black, an ex-con and ex-addict, is the more hopeful of the men - though he is just as desperate to convince White of the power of faith as White is to deny it.
Their aim is no less than this: to discover the meaning of life.
It, like many Cormac McCarthy novels, has received a lot of praise and it's a great choice for Tommy Lee Jones to direct. He's proven he can direct, even if I wasn't taken with his The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (Filmstalker review). Still, The Sunset Limited looks interesting, so far though it's only heading to television on HBO, but perhaps there's a release of some sort on the cards?
Here's the trailer through Videogum and The Playlist, which shows you the confines of the film, a film that looks like it might just focus solely on the apartment and produce the feeling of a stage play.
This has to get a wider release than just television, surely? Especially with Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson acting alongside each other?