Saturday, 5 July 2014

A Long Way Down - Film Review...

A Long Way Down (2014)

Main Cast: 
Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul. 

Plot:
Four strangers meet on New Year's Eve when they all choose the same spot on the top of a building in London to kill themselves. None of them can go through with it and they all make a pact to not try again until Valentines Day. Pierce Brosnan plays Martin, a former TV presenter who had an abrupt end to his career when a girl he slept with turned out to be be 15 rather than 25 as he thought. Toni Collette plays Maureen, a single mum to a son with cerebral palsy. Imogen Poots is Jess, daughter of an MP with a lot of family problems and Aaron Paul plays JJ who claims he has brain cancer. 
If you haven't seen the film and don't want any spoilers, stop reading now!

My Review:
I had been wanting to watch this film for ages, partly because of Aaron Paul and it was definitely worth the wait. I loved all of the characters and I have really enjoyed everything I have seen Pierce Brosnan and Aaron Paul in before so I really did think I would enjoy this. I had only seen Toni Collette in Muriel's Wedding and even though it is an old film I do really like it and I had never heard of Imogen Poots before. I was really excited to see how these actors worked together and I think it was a great combination! I just love the story of four people becoming great friends, all of different ages and in different stages in their lives. They all have a different reason for wanting to end their life, I think the only problem I had was that the back story to each character wasn't developed very well. We only heard a small amount of what had happened to them in their lives and the film was actually quite short so I didn't feel like we saw as much as we could have. That said, it was still a great movie and it did make me think, which I think is important. There are times in the film when you want to cry and others where you want to laugh and I think the balance was just right. It wasn't a typical happy movie but it also wasn't depressing as the plot may make you think. I think it is a heartwarming and endearing film. This is definitely a film i'll be buying on DVD and watching again! I really recommend you go and watch it! 

Have you seen this film? If so, what did you think?

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