#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Limbo tells the story of people trying to reinvent themselves in the Southeastern islands of Alaska. The story revolves around Joe Gastineau, a fisherman traumatised by an accident at sea years before, singer Donna de Angelo and her disaffected daughter Noelle who come into Joe’s life. When Joe’s fast-talking half-brother Bobby returns to town and asks Joe for a favor, the lives of the characters are changed forever.
Plot: Unconventional narrative about the interactions amongst a group of people in a small town in Alaska, each of whom guards a secret.
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Starts great then bogs down
This movie starts like a typical great John Sayles movie. It is about people in Alaska struggling to get through their day-to-day lives, some with dignity, some not so much. They are all interesting and they all have their secrets and their stories. Like any small town, everyone knows everyone else’s problems.
The second half of the movie is about circumstances that leave Joe Gastineau, his new girlfriend, and her daughter stranded on a remote island and their struggle to survive. I had trouble believing any of the action in the second half. It starts going wrong when Joe brings the girls on his brother’s boat without asking his brother if that was OK. Then his brother does not object even though he knows it is going to be dangerous. Later, the bad guys track down the boat, even though the boat is not where it is supposed to be due to a storm. The bad guys are able to silently sneak up on and board the boat. Joe and friends are able to swim away from and escape from the bad guys even though the bad guys have a motor boat and guns. They struggle to survive on the remote island, but they always seem too clean, dry, shaved, and well fed. The movie then has a cop-out ending, although I could not think of a better ending, given the incredible action that preceded it.
The second half of the movie did not feel like a John Sayles movie. It was like someone else wrote it.
This movie has some great performances. David Strathairn is a troubled, but good hearted handy-man. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is wonderful as a singer who is just barely keeping her life in order and raising a daughter. She portrays someone who is cheerful and optimistic and at the same time someone who is weary and can see only more problems in the future. She is getting older and has given up ever becoming a famous singer. It is an interesting, appealing character.
Experimental movie drama that unfortunately fails
This is definitely an unconventional narrative about group of people in small town in Alaska. The writer/director John Sayles wanted to make an unconventional movie that plays with audience expectations . When there is a shotgun hanging on the wall the audience should expect that it will be used in the movie – that’s how most movies work. The writers write movies as a mathematical calculation where 2 plus 2 gives 4 . They want to capture life in their movies , but often the shape their own reality based on logic with moral in the end. After watching many movies audience can have certain expectations about where the story is going, what will happen , what could happen and what will be the message.
Styles here tries to imitate life as much as it’s possible. In the first half of movie we are introduced to characters that don’t really play any important part in the second half – the lesbian couple , frustrated fisherman , jolly bartender. In fact “Limbo” is basically two movies in one , similar to “Full metal jacket”. The first hour is a movie about people of small town , while the second hour pretends to be a thriller about three people. Calling this movie a “thriller” is a bit misleading , it’s certainly no “Deliverance”.
The acting is fine . Vanessa Martinez is believable as angry teenager , David Strathairn is effectively playing troubled, but good hearted handy-man . Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is lovely as singer who can’t settle with her life. There is some nice fun dialogue here and the movie is quite beautifully photographed.
“Limbo” doesn’t work either as thriller or drama . The thriller elements are few and badly done . There is a lot of potential drama here : troubled past of Joe , the love triangle , the mother-daughter relationship. The problem is that everything is done with sensibility of soap opera . I’m sorry , but I wasn’t move by anything here. The movie is too slow in some places. There is also an irritating amount of small talk that leads nowhere. And why waste your time of showing characters in the first half of the movie when they don’t play any part in the second half . Kris Kristofferson is supposed to be an important character , yet his completely bland.
The biggest problem however is the ending . I don’t mind open endings that allow the audience to use imagination and decide what happened in the end – “Mechanic” , “Inception”, “The Killing of Chinese bookie” and few others. The fans of Sayles say that it was the only way to end the movie and there is some merit in their arguments . However , Sayles himself admitted that he didn’t knew how to end the movie and the ending is the result of that . It feels like the movie misses a reel. In my opinion it’s awful ending.
“Limbo” is kinda interesting experiment , but after two viewings I still think it’s an ambitious failure. I give it 3/10.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 6 min (126 min)
Genre Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Director John Sayles
Writer John Sayles
Actors David Strathairn, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Vanessa Martinez
Country United States
Awards 2 wins & 5 nominations
Production Company Green/Renzi
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Moviecam Compact, Cooke, Angenieux and Zeiss Lenses
Laboratory Consolidated Film Industries (CFI), Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman EXR 50D 5245, Kodak Vision 250D 5246, Vision 500T 5279)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 2383)