Limbo (1999) Movie Review Summary

Actors: David Strathairn, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Vanessa Martinez, Kris Kristofferson

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LIMBO is a movie written and directed by John Sayles in 1999. It was nominated for the Golden Palm at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.
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Joe Gastineau can't overcome the guilt he feels about an event that took place 25 years before: two of his closest friends drowned at night on his boat while they were sleeping. Donna De Angelo is a 40 something country singer who's ended up in Alaska with Noelle, her daughter, doing two shows every night at the local bar. She also experiences some communication problems with Noelle who reproaches her emotional instability.

Joe and Donna are just about to begin a love affair when Ricky, Joe's half-brother, asks him to accompany him by boat to a business rendezvous. So, the next day, Joe, Donna and Noelle are sailing with Ricky who's organized for them a scenic tour in the Alaska wilderness. Unfortunately, Ricky's rendezvous goes wrong and Ricky is shot to death by his associates.

The three "tourists" manage to discreetly leave the boat and swim towards an island nearby where they hide deep in the forest. They will stay there during ten days, hoping that a boat or a plane notice their fire and fearing that the bad guys come again in order to kill them.

The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Script Analysis of Limbo (1999)

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Wandering in wilderness    -   Yes wilderness plot    -   being chased in the wilderness

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   fisherman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Alaska Forest?    -   Yes Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   peddle boat    -   sail boat Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing

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