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Film Review: Limbo

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A psychological thriller that has you question your own moral compass, Limbo confines Adam Moses to a world where there are no consequences for his actions. In a world of brutality, drugs, and gambling, Adam may not face consequence, but like all of us, he must face himself. Does he like what he sees?

Shot on an impossibly low budget ($9,000) by a first time writer-director with no film background Thomas Ikimi’s Limbo is a shockingly well put together piece of work.

Adam Moses (Christopher Russo) is an attorney looking to make a in the world. He’s in the middle of a huge case which seems to bring out the true colors of everyone around him. Adam is summoned to an unusual encounter on a roof top, which changes his world completely. Adam becomes trapped in limbo , and as he soon learns, he is forced to repeat the same hour of his life over and over again, almost as though the entire universe resets every 60 minutes. Adam believes that the hit man, known only as Ouroboros, may hold the truth behind his stay in this state. Along the way he meets the attractive, yet mysterious, Rebbecca (Etya Dudko) and a collective mix of other characters in his search for the truth. Most of the film is told via a flashback as Adam tells his story to Vaughn (Eric Christie), whom he saved from committing suicide, at least for the next hour.

In many ways I was reminded of Groundhog Day as Adam relived
one hour (instead of day as in Groundhog Day) and also some of Quentin Tarantino’s films (as though the film was mostly flashback, it was not entirely in sequential order).

Can a man really do whatever he (or she) wants without facing any consequences? That is the question that Adam must ask himself. As his parish priest says, “You can try to justify this all you want, but your conscience is what you must answer to. How much can you live with?”

Despite numerous instances of foul language, illegal drug use and violence, I found the movie had a great story line with a great moral.

4 stars out of 5

and that’s the way I see it! and now for your thoughts…

Honors:

Flint International Film Festival Honorable Mention
2005

  • Not Rated
  • not yet available for purchase (This is not the same film as that from 1999 with the same title).

    Kevin Surbaugh, of Topeka, KS is editor of KevinsView.com and is an ordained minister who spent 2 years with the ministry of Jesus People USA, which runs Cornerstone Festival in western IL and operates Grrr Records at its headquarters in Chicago, IL.
    Ed: JH

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  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    I find it irritating that this film has the same title as an excellent John Sayles film from just 5 years ago. Something ought to be done!

    Dave