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Limits of Control tests our limits of patience


"Limits of Control" (2009)

The only control this movie proved to have limits on was Bitter Balcony's urge say "Jim Jarmusch is a crappy director." The trailer for "Limits of Control" did something movies haven't done in a while; it made us look forward to watching what we thought was going to be a good movie. But, seeing that it was directed by Jarmusch, our hope began its logical nosedive.

"Limits of Control" proves once again that Jarmusch is too busy "trying" to be some artsy director to tell a story. Naturally, this earns him a big, fat FAIL because that is one of the director's main job requirements. Although there are always exceptions to the rule, once again Jarmusch has proved he is not The One.

The trailer makes this film look like it's about a man on a mission to possibly kill someone while running into some interesting characters. The main character does have a goal, but be damned if we know what it is. The characters he runs into aren't even all that interesting. They all start off asking if the character credited as "Lone Man" (played by Isaach De Bankolé) speaks Spanish. He pauses, says no, and they go off on some ridiculous/random story. At first you think this might lead to something cool, but the vague "wash, rinse, repeat" formula is an utter bore. No character is developed and the cameos by some old favorites like Bill Murray, John Hurt and Tilda Swinton range from unimpressive to disappointing.

The narrative... Wait, there is none, so let's just say this movie constantly has no point. While our thick skulls still hold out hope. Foolish, yes we know.

Fellow Bitter Balconite John Rojas mentioned that as crappy as "Limits of Control" is, it is also Jarmusch at his finest, which only makes the man a sadder case since this reviewer is in agreement. Jarmusch starts off with what sounds like a good idea and then cuts himself off mid-sentence. We can only assume it's because he's such a crazy (read: lame) artist. If it wasn't for the fact that we review movies here at Bitter Balcony, we could easily say that we'd be making it a point not to see future Jarmusch films. It's just not worth the loss of life.


A special note from Bitter Balcony to Jim Jarmusch:

Hi Jim,







Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
Written by: Jim Jarmisch
Cast: Isaach De Bankolé, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray

Source of the Bitter: JAS

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