Nov 17, 2009
New Spy DVDs Out This Week: The Limits Of Control
That's right, after an embarrassment of riches these past few weeks, there is only one new spy title to speak of hitting DVD shelves this week. And it's a pretty offbeat spy title. Jim Jarmusch's existential might-be-spy deconstruction The Limits of Control starring Casino Royale's Isaac de Bankolé as a mysterious operative or assassin or something wandering around beautiful European locations meeting various eccentric contacts (including Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and John Hurt) and being given new coordinates at which to meet his next contact. Knowing Jarmusch, that might well be all there is to it. And knowing Jarmusch, I'd gladly watch it if it were! Sadly, I missed this during the one or two week theatrical run it enjoyed in Los Angeles this summer, but I'll definitely be checking it out on DVD. While some are a bit weaker than others, I don't think I've ever seen a Jarmusch movie I haven't enjoyed. (And I've seen them all except for this one.) And Jarmusch doing spies? I can't wait. I've also been a fan of De Bankolé's ever since his role on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and after scene-stealing supporting turns in other Jarmusch movies and 24 and Daniel Craig's James Bond debut, it's about time he got a leading role. Plus: Bill Murray!