Watched a movie version of Cormac McCarthy’s play “The Sunset Limited” featuring Tommy Lee Jones (also director) and Samuel L. Jackson. An born-again Christian black ex con (SLJ) argues with a white professor (TLJ) about the case for despair or going on. SLJ has saved TLJ from an attempt to throw himself under a train (“The Sunset Limited”). Gripping drama – as much poetry as drama. In my view despair wins in one of the bleakest of bleak McCarthy conclusions. Salvation into an post-“world gone wrong” afterlife would be “Kafka on wheels” for TLJ – the “ultimate horror”, “the ultimate despair”.
McCarthy was involved in the direction of this movie version of the play. Superb performances . It was originally produced for HBO television in 2011.