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 Yearâs 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; TVâs 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.
I bought this on the strength of a trailer on another DVD and it certainly seemed to have a great cast, especially as I usually love Toni Collette However, we discovered it was tedious and very disappointing and, apart from a couple of short, mildly amusing moments (which you will have seen in the trailer), couldn't seem to decide whether it was a black comedy or just sad. None of the characters were believable.This also confirmed that I find Pierce Brosnan's accent really irritating and his acting wooden. It will be off to the charity shop as we will definitely not watch it again.
Brilliant film with a strong cast and story line. you will laugh then cry with both pathos and humour in equal measure. The underlying story is dark but by the end of the film redeeming. It certainly makes you think but you do come away with a sense that humanity is real,and caring and away from the false world of glitzzy celebs human kind is basically good loving and strong . Very uplifting and I am glad I saw it.
It's tough to make a comedy about suicide, and while this is listed in the comedy section of Prime Instant Video, it's more of a comedy/drama. While there was a lot that made me laugh, a lot of it was also very touching and moving. Four people meet on the roof of a building on New Year's Eve, each intending to jump. They become linked; not so much friends as fellow travelers. The rest of the movie is about how they negotiate this, after the press finds out. It's a moving film, with a good ensemble cast, that makes you think a lot about how strangers can meet and find that their lives are not that different.
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)
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**