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
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A Long Way Down

Product Details

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  • 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

3.7 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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18 of 20 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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12 of 15 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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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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Format: DVD
Not enough background story to build up to that 'intense' first meeting. I find I just don't care whether they live or die. When it try to turn it into a black comedy, just not funny - Apart from Arron Paul, the other characters are all slighly over-act, trying to to be funny - become unconvincing. Mind you, Arron Paul has 7 years training in 'Breaking Bad'. I have been spoiled by 'Breaking Bad' now to have set such high standard in story telling - especially about the complexity of human psychology. I am not surprise this film has negative film critic. Let's hope Arron Paul's talent will not be wasted in his future movies.
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By Kash VINE VOICE on 17 Nov 2014
Format: DVD
I was really looking forward to seeing this when it came out. I watched it recently and have to admit I was disappointed. The plot of this movie is very like Nick Hornby's other novel turned into a movie 'About a Boy'. There is a small element of comedy but then it covers some quite serious matters.

I won't go over the plot as others have already. I liked the cast and their characters but it wasn't enough to give this movie 5 stars.

An all right watch but I wouldn't expect spectacular
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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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By candygirl on 31 Aug 2014
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I love this film, the acting is amazing and it has so many different levels to it. It is funny, sweet , heartwrenching and heartwarming all at the same time. And for anyone who has experienced depression, especially with no obvious cause, it will ring very true, in an uplifting manner. Don't worry the films not depressing.
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