A Long Way Down 2013

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Adapted from the bestselling novel by Nick Hornby (About A Boy), the heartwarming A Long Way Down follows four strangers who meet by chance on New Yearās Eve when they are each facing the same life changing decision. When Martin (Pierce Brosnan; Mama Mia!), Maureen (Toni Collette; The Way Way Back), J.J. (Aaron Paul; TVās Breaking Bad) and Jess (Imogen Poots; Filth) find themselves at a desperate crossroads, they form an unlikely friendship in order to help one another weather the difficulties of life.

Starring:
Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette
Rental Formats:
DVD

A Long Way Down

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Aaron Paul
Director Pascal Chaumeil
Genres Comedy
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 28 July 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Albatross on 9 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
Nick Hornby has had moderate success with his book-to-film adaptations, Fever Pitch and High Fidelity being the highlights. However, ‘A Long Way Down’ probably won’t be added to his list of (massive) successes. Don’t get me wrong... it’s not bad, it’s just not that memorable either.

Have you ever watched a film where you’ve popped out once, twice or even more to get a cup of tea or answered the phone? Then, when you return, you find you can totally pick up the story without any help whatsoever. Well, this is one of those films.

It starts with four people who all try to kill themselves on New Year’s Eve. They each have different problems they’re trying to escape and wind up about to jump from the same building at the same time. It’s fair to say that they don’t, as the film would be a lot shorter if they all succeeded. As they decide not to go through with it, they sort of form a surrogate family and help each other rebuilt their lives.

Granted suicide isn’t your typical basis for a light-hearted comedy, but don’t let that put you off. The ‘suicide element’ is secondary to what has happened to the characters to drive them to this situation and what transpires from there on out.

It’s amusing, but probably won’t make you laugh out loud much. The characters are as good as they’re going to be, but the film is split into four parts – each devoting a quarter of the overall runtime to one person, therefore you never truly get to know just one of them enough to really understand them.

There are films you want to watch over and over again and this probably isn’t one of them. If you’re bored, on a plane or generally stumble across it on TV late at night, it may film an hour and a half. Not one you’d really bother coming back to though.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Chasing The Dreamzz on 25 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
This film is absolutely amazing and I highly recommend people to see it! It's a shame how there is a lack of British films that come out which have pure substance.

The story here, I'm sure you know it. Four people go to a roof, not together by themselves, to end their lives. After all bumping into each other their one thing leads to another, which then leads to a pact, to not kill themselves until Valentines Day.
It's funny, there are some touching moments and it never dragged. There are four sections to the film, with each character being focused on, something I liked. Imogen Poots was fantastic and really should be getting more praise. Pierce Brosnan is great as always, as is Aaron Paul (Jesse, Yo!) and Toni Collette.

If you want to watch a fun, touching and uplifting British film, see this film.

*Rated 15 for strong language, suicide theme and mild sensuality and violence**
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
On New Years Eve, four people bump into each on top of a popular suicide building with the intent of jumping.

Martin Sharp (Pierce Brosnan) was a popular morning show host with a family. He fell from grace because "she looked like she was 25."

Maureen (Toni Collette) is a rather mousey person who has never lived life. She cares for an invalid son who she deeply loves.

Jess (Imogen Poots) is the daughter of a rich politician. Her sister Jennifer, who read on a book on invisibility, ironically went missing two years ago. She is currently mad at her boyfriend who dumped her.

JJ (Aaron Paul) Is an American who was part of an amateur band. He claims he has CCR brain cancer.

The press has found out about the suicide attempts as they gain their 15 minutes of fame. They in turn form a bond and become their own support group.

This is another Magnolia "feel good" about yourself film. If you have seen one before, you know the feeling. Typically, the film has light quirky comedy, a few messages about life you can take with you, and decent acting and directing. Rosamund Pike has a role smaller than her billing.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex. Brief rear nudity (Poots)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TIM JONES on 10 Aug 2014
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No revolution in film making here but a feel good movie with some genuinely affecting moments and all delivered by a superb ensemble cast. I actually enjoyed it more than the book. Sorry Nick....
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Miss R. Benn on 28 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
Watched this in the Cinemas in the UK and very much enjoyed it. The storyline was strong and the cast were surprisingly good especially Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots (who I've never heard of before this film). Obviously I wouldn't know what every single person's taste in films but I normally like indie films, thrillers and an occasional chick flick but I very much enjoyed the film. I walked out the cinema feeling good about myself and happy about the final outcome of the film therefore I recommend this despite some critics' views.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 July 2014
Format: DVD
I have no idea why critics dismissed "A Long Way Down", I thought it was a well-made, well-acted and generally good film, a kind-hearted comedy. I am sure you all know what this film is about: on New Year's Eve, four [very different] people decide to kill themselves. And then they decide not to. An unlikely friendship buds and then blossoms.

If you are in the right type of mood, don't expect a lot of laughs and are looking for a thoughtful gentle comedy drama - perhaps give it a chance. Three and a half stars.
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