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A Long Way Down [DVD] [2014]

3.7 out of 5 stars 137 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Aaron Paul, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Rosamund Pike, Pierce Brosnan
  • Directors: Pascal Chaumeil
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 28 July 2014
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00J36357M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,754 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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 Year’s 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; TV’s 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.

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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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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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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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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.
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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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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.
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