A superb two-character, one-location drama showcasing top-notch performances from two modern icons. Jones' taught direction skillfully balances the complexities of Cormac McCarthy's excellent wordplay. It would be great to see HBO invest in more productions like this, bringing top talent together with great theatrical works - here's hoping this one starts a trend.
It's almost always impossible not to take sides in arguments of faith, particularly when they're sustained to this vehement degree -- and yet, I walked away from the film truly admiring and sympathizing with both men. Not something I expected. Powerful work here, particularly from Sam Jackson. "Why can't you give me the words, if you can give them to him?"
A chamber piece with a dialogue of dualities between Black and White, on subjects that everyone knows about between two people that we know little to nothing about; about good and evil, about belief and knowledge, about reasons to live and reasons to die, and all of this at the same time. [cont'd]
Probably would have liked this more on paper. I really need to read the play. It had the kind of dialogue one prefers over the sweet nothings of everyday life, but so intense that one shouldn't have it too often. White is actually black and Black is actually white, but at the very end, when White says 'thank you', he becomes lighted again, while Black is left with doubt and just a touch of darkness.
You have a Cormac McCarthy's dialogue about existence, redemption and religion, you have two of the finest actors of their generation, you have Tommy Lee Jones constrainted, incisive and claustrophobic camera. It has everything to be good. And it is!
3.5 " Your god must once have stood at a dawn of infinite possibilities, and this is what he's made of it. You tell me that I want God's love? I don't. Perhaps I want forgiveness, but there's no-one to ask it of. And there's no going back, there's no setting things right, there's only the hope of nothingness. "