The Lovely Bones 2009

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(199) IMDb 6.7/10
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Peter Jackson directs this emotional drama based on the bestselling novel by Alice Sebold. Saoirse Ronan stars as Susie Salmon, a 14-year-old girl who was brutally raped and murdered in 1973 by a family neighbour, George Harvey (Stanley Tucci), and now watches over both her family - parents Jack and Abigail, sister Lindsey and her Grandma Lynn.

Starring:
Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz
Runtime:
2 hours 15 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

The Lovely Bones

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Peter Jackson
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz
Supporting actors Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, Michael Imperioli, Saoirse Ronan, Amanda Michalka, Nikki Soohoo, Reece Ritchie, Rose Mciver, Andrew James Allen, Anna George, Jake Abel, Carolyn Dando, Christian Thomas Ashdale
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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74 of 78 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miss M. Potter 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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6 of 6 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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Smith on 21 Jan 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Before reading the reviews I presumed this film would be depressing, a little creepy and maybe a shock value film praying on people's reactions to it. I avoided it. Time passed and then considering daring to view it (I knew it was about a topic personal to me that upsets me). Yet reading the so so reviews on Amazon of 'The Lovely Bones' I thought this film would be below par and continued to avoid. I finally took the plunge and watched the film without regret or any hesitation when viewing. On both counts, how wrong could I have been to be worried about this film if it was 'sick' or in bad taste. It simply isn't. It is a fantastic film and definitely one of the very best I own. It is a powerful piece of film production in every sense of the word.

Whilst watching, I cried most, if not all of the film. Yet I'm a grown man, quite hardened by life and not easily 'emotional'. Previous films I liked covering sudden loss were 'Untamed Heart' (featuring Christian Slater) and another favourite 'Message in a Bottle' (featuring Kevin Costner). I would recommend those films. Yet this one focuses on one area of the aforementioned and concentrates it significantly to the point the entire film becomes a continuous building tragedy or trauma - but as a reflection on the past. This may seem unpleasant or 'weird' but it's needed and it's what makes the film unique. Nothing is like this film that I have ever seen in that respect, nothing.

'The Lovely Bones' therefore had a profound reaction in my soul, it touched me deeply. It is the sort of quality film one could give to a friend or partner who might not understand your past (if you have one like the family of character 'Susie' in the film) and you will not have to explain to them why you weep when watching it as they will weep too.
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