The Limits of Control
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Acclaimed filmmaker Jim Jarmusch delivers a stylish and sexy new thriller about a mysterious loner (De Bankolé) who arrives in Spain with instructions to meet various strangers, each one a part of his dangerous mission. Featuring an all-star international cast that includes Isaach De Bankolé, Gael García Bernal, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton and Bill Murray, it’s a stunning journey in an exotic Spanish landscape that simmers with heat and suspense.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 123
- Fresh: 54
- Rotten: 69
- Average Rating: 5.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: If you need a working definition for bad Jarmusch, look no further than The Limits of Control, which functions more as a wilful act of self-pleasuring than worthwhile experiment.
Rotten: It just becomes so repetitive and so self-conscious, so self-referential and film referential, and I finally ended up feeling that this film was way too clever for me.
Fresh: A work of dazzling formal discipline that riffs on the simple notion of repetition and variation.
Fresh: This enigmatic journey is beautifully photographed by Christopher Doyle, and for a while it's intriguing and amusing in its very offhand way. But soon you realise that there's really nothing here.
This film is a beautiful work of art. It is not for everyone though. It is a rebellious statement in an age of CGI and logical but vacuous narrative. It is not about gangsters but about wandering. I has dreamy imagery that that evolves in feedback loops. Roger Ebert and other critics did not get this movie because they are filistines. If you liked Dead Man, Ghost Dog or Dawn by Law watch this.
I find it very disheartening that this movie got so many bad reviews. I think it speaks to what people expect from modern cinema. I think most people just want sensory overload, that to them, makes a good film. Too bad. This is a beautiful film, in looks and in total execution. I think people expect too much to be fed to them so they can easily digest what they are seeing and hearing. Unfortunately, for most viewers they don't understand the relationship they have with art. Just like a listener of great music, a viewer must think, must push their own understanding to come out of the other side. Alas, I don't believe (most) of the previous reviewers are up to that challenge. There is so much being said in this movie, but it's not a flashing sign in your face. Jim Jarmusch is an excellent artist and filmmaker. I had read some reviews going into it, and they weren't good, but I had/have much trust in the artist. Just a beautiful film and I think the messages or better yet IDEAS presented hear are very important to all of us. The film moves nicely allowing time to think about what you're experiencing and it maintains your interest (that is if you approach the film the right way). This film is so good that I really feel sorry for those that didn't get it, or at least try to.
a moving testament to art and its interpretation
this film is a beautiful gift, as it gives the viewer extended moments to reflect on not only what they are seeing, but what it is allowing the viewer to craft of an experience as well. this film is very much the most fascinating trip to an art exhibition ever taken. i appreciate that it didnt need to fill each moment with dialogue or action. the cinematography is breathtaking, the acting perfectly executed, and the script as sparse as possible. i agree with another reviewer that the trailer was misleading, however i enjoyed this film far more than i would have supposed from the trailer i saw.
this is definitely worth watching, however do yourself a favor and watch it in as large a format as possible. also invest in the soundtrack/s as they are both worth multiple visits.
- The Limits of Control (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
- Various Artists