Thursday, January 8, 2015

A Long Way Down 2014

A Long Way Down

     This film is about four people, two women and two men.  They are strangers to each other until they all meet up on the roof of a tall building in London on New Year’s Eve.  They all were planning to jump off Topper’s Tower and commit suicide.  It’s a surprise to all of them that they are not the only people taking this action on this night.  Martin was formerly a famous talk show host but he’s just been released from jail.  There are a lot of rumors circulating about him and he was fired plus charged with a crime.  Maureen is lonely and a single mother.  Her son is very handicapped and her life is taking care of him.  Jess is young but she is constantly sad about the disappearance of her older sister.  She can’t stay out of the news either because her father is a politician.  JJ has been a singer in several bands but he doesn’t see any future for his life except continuing down the same path.  He tells the others that he has a terminal brain cancer which is not true.  They make a pact and sign that they will not try suicide again for six weeks until after Valentine’s Day. 
     An unusual plot but not fully pulled off.  Suicidal depression is a heavy subject and this film is listed first as a comedy?  How can anything about this subject be comical?  There is a lot of Debbie-Downer but Maureen is the only one with a difficult life.  She is the only one with a lot of heart too.  2* (I some-what didn’t like this movie)

96 min, Drama directed by Pascal Chaumeil with Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul, Zara White, Joe Cole Evelyn Duah, Therese Bradley, Sam Neill, Priyanga Burford, Josef Altin, Diana Kent.

Note:  Imdb 6.4 out of 10, 22% critic 38% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 1 ½*.

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