Sign up for your 2 week free trial

The Limits Of Control (2009)

Write review

Brian from Kerry, 25 May 2011
Nameless hitman goes on an unexplained journey across Spain. Each message he delivers brings him a new assignment. The horizon retreats endlessly. If you're a Jarmusch fan this one's right up there. Think Antonioni's 'The Passenger' or Wenders' 'Until the End of the World'. Even Camus's 'Outsider' -- but without the atheistic sterility. (In the opening shot our man performs Tai Chi, so he is attempting to know the centre of himself. Or something.) The film is full of Zen aphorisms, and every conversation is a half-assed Koan. (One involving Tilda Swinton is so pretentious, it had to be a joke.) The whole thing is shot through with little mysteries that you start to doubt will ever go anywhere. But it's all soothing and kind of narcotic, like driving endlessly for no reason. (Jarmusch is never anything if not humane.) In the Bonus Features he says that now he 'only believes in contradictions'. Don't expect answers. Just enjoy the ride.
Was this review helpful to you? 
1 people out of 1 found this review helpful
0 Comments...      leave a comment

What's it about....
The story follows a mysterious loner, a stranger to all, whose activities and workings remain meticulously outside the law. He is currently in the process of completing a job and trusts no one, while his objectives initially remain unrevealed. His journey, paradoxically both intently focused and dreamlike, takes him not only across Spain but also through his own consciousness. The film uses no names and refers to all characters by description and appearances only.

  • View Buried
  • View Born To Fight
  • View Pulp Fiction
  • View The Sapphires
  • View Das Experiment
  • View Jurassic Park 3
  • View Dear Wendy
  • View Dorian Gray
  • View Billboard Dad
  • View Crazy Heart (Blu-ray)
  • View Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
  • View The Cabin In The Woods (Blu-ray)
  • View Rocco And His Brothers
  • View Pacific Rim
  • View Rashomon
  • View I Dont Know How She Does It
  • View Up In The Air
  • View An American Werewolf In Paris
  • View Shes The One
  • View Alien vs Predator
  • View Wishmaster 3 Devil Stone
  • View The Wackness
  • View Ninja Assassin
  • View I, Frankenstein
  • View Saw VI (Blu-ray)
  • View Urotsukidoji Legend Of The Overfiend
  • View My Bosss Daughter
  • View Straw Dogs (Blu-ray)
  • View Bratz: Girlz Really Rock
  • View Knockaround Guys
  • View Matrix Reloaded
  • View Calvary
  • View Deliver Us From Evil (Blu-ray)
  • View Frida
  • View Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - Season 1
  • View Chloe (Blu-ray)
  • View Safe Haven (Blu-ray)
  • View The Double (Blu-ray)
  • View Dead Snow (Blu-ray)
  • View Six Feet Under Season 2