Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Quick Look: "A Long Way Down"

Just a quick review of an enjoyable little film that I stumbled across on Netflix over the holidays starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots.  Based on the Nick Hornby novel of the same name the story begins on New Year's Eve as Martin Sharp, sort of famous guy who used to be on TV, decides to kill himself.  While having one final smoke for the road before he throws himself off the tallest building in London, Maureen (played by Collette) stumbles across him, also intent on ending her life.  With the mood properly ruined they strike up an awkward conversation just as two more participants enter the fray.

What follows is an unlikely and touching look at the interactions between strangers and just how much you can touch another person's life without even realizing.  At once touching, funny and sweet (without being too saccharin) the film set a lovely tone that kept me engaged throughout.  With cameos by some other well knowns (Rosamund Pike, Sam Neill), this one is worth a watch.

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