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  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005X67YT6

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I really liked this film. I saw it on TV and then again on DVD which I enjoyed even more without the interruptions of adverts.
The film does have an uncomfortable edge to it in so much as the depressing horror of murder. And there is great sadness in the loss of the murdered teenager Susie. But this film has more than just a murder story.

We see Susie Salmon from a little girl right up to the time when as a teenager she is murdered by a neighbour.
She finds herself in a world between the mortal world and heaven. A world where it is neither one thing or another.
She reflects back over her life and events of the terrible murder and is pulled to her family through the emotional pain they go through and as she struggles to cope with everything she has to learn to let go and move on towards the light of heaven. We see that death is part of life. And we are reminded about what is really important here in this life.

This is a haunting and heartbreaking story that unfolds from heaven, where life is a perpetual yesterday. Everyone has his or her own version of heaven. It can be what we want it to be. Susie's version is part of her simplest dreams.
This is a sort of coming of age story. Susie clings to the world of the living as she struggles to accept her death. She watches her family disintegrate in their grief. Her father becomes pre occupied with finding the killer. Her Mother is in denial and withdraws. And Susie watches her sister go through the milestones of the teenage life she was supposed to have. The story is a sentimental journey of loss, love and faith.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alex Lundy on 3 Aug. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I thoroughly enjoyed watching this film. It is much gentler than most in it's genre, concentrating more on the emotions circling around death, rather than the horror of death alone.

Well acted, and thought provoking, I loved travelling on the journey with Susie as she weighs her desire for vengeance to her rapist and murderer, against her desire for her family to heal.

The distinct lack of religious aspects of a devine heaven was also a refreshing change, as we are told the story by Susie from her own 'personal' heaven, rather than one born from any specific religious perspective.

This is a film I could quite happily watch over and over again.
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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Challenger on 12 July 2010
Format: DVD
I read the book back in 2005 and didn't really get it at the time. I've since read it again but concede that, on this occasion, I prefer the film adaptation. The film found a way through my emotional defences in a way that the book didn't.

It tells the story from different perspectives: the family's struggle to accept their loss; the killer's ability to hide behind a facade of respectability (he really could be your next door neighbour); the police's frustration at lack of evidence. But most importantly it explores Suzie observing life as it continues without her.

What I truly love about this story is that the victim doesn't just fade away. Suzy stays in our consciousness throughout.

The CGI images were wonderful, with the creative and inventive interpretation of a teenage girl's version of heaven a joy to behold. I think I would have big pink roses and butterflies in my version of nearly heaven too!

A very sad but beautiful film on so many levels. Just make sure you have a ready supply of handkerchiefs.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kelly2703 on 14 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
The Lovely Bones is Peter Jackson's adaptation of the book written by Alice Sebold. I have never read the novel so I had no previous knowledge of what the plot was, other than the general overview of what my friends had told me. I have to admit, I found the storyline extremely moving and sinister, leaving me feeling unnerved about the type of people that are out there and what they are capable of.

The film focuses on the traumatic disappearance of a teenage girl, Suzy Salmon, during the 1970's. She is a typical young, happy-go-lucky girl, who wouldn't hurt a fly. Right from the start you are caught up in a series of events that change her family's life forever. Personally, I found this film very disturbing. It causes audience members to think about who lives next door to them and the potential for them to be an extremely dangerous person. The era in which the film is set also plays an important part, as it is safe to say that we no longer live in a world where it is ok to leave your door unlocked. The film provides quite an in depth representation of the persona of a paedophile; acting all sweet and caring in front of parents when really he is a horrible, murderous man who wishes to trap their daughter. Although this section was very unnerving, I found that it helped the story evolve as you got to see just how sick and twisted he is. Also, I like how the film takes on a variety of perspectives: the family's struggle to accept the loss of their daughter; the murderer's fear of being discovered; the police's anger at the lack of evidence; and of course Suzy's torment at being taken away from her family.

Peter Jackson's interpretation of `limbo' is a perfect use of CGI and is easy to understand by everyone, whether they are religious or not.
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