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A Long Way Down (2014)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 5 June 2014 (USA)
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Four people meet on New Year's Eve, and form a surrogate family to help one another with the difficulties of their lives.

Director:

Pascal Chaumeil

Writers:

Nick Hornby (based on the novel by), Jack Thorne (screenplay by)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... Martin
Toni Collette ... Maureen
Imogen Poots ... Jess
Aaron Paul ... JJ
Zara White Zara White ... Shanay
Joe Cole ... Chas
Evelyn Duah Evelyn Duah ... Nurse
Therese Bradley Therese Bradley ... Nurse 2
Sam Neill ... Chris
Priyanga Burford ... Reporter
Josef Altin ... Matty
Diana Kent Diana Kent ... Hope
Rosamund Pike ... Penny
Shola Adewusi ... Gladys
Ilan Goodman ... Airline Steward
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Storyline

On New Year's Eve in London, four strangers find themselves on the roof of a building known for suicides. Martin is a famous talk show host just out of jail, Maureen is a lonely single mother, Jess is young, reckless and heartbroken, and JJ is an American realizing the failures in his life. Through mutual pain and humour, this unlikely group take the long way down and figure out what will keep them alive until Valentine's Day, one step at a time. Written by Anne Campbell

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Life is looking up.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adio, dar mai stau putin See more »

Filming Locations:

Camp de Mar, Mallorca, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,426, 13 July 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,093, 25 July 2014
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Pierce Brosnan and Rosamund Pike appeared in Die Another Day (2002) and The World's End (2013). See more »

Goofs

The suicide pact made between the characters is established for period New Year's Eve - St Valentine's Day. When Martin and Jess meet her father opposite the Houses of Parliament, the clock on the tower of Big Ben shows 4.40pm. At that time of year it would already be dark but it is bright and sunny. See more »

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Martin: Anyway, to cut a long story short, I decided to kill myself. That's the trouble with suicides, I've learned you can't cut the long story short, because it's the long story that people are interested in. Especially if you're me, which regrettably I was, and still am to this day. So, forgive me if you already knew this, but I'm Martin Sharp, the man who had everything. One wife, two children, three dogs, at least four People's Choice Awards, and five mornings a week on the most ...
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Written by R.L. Wilson and Prince Leftfoot
Performed by R.L. Wilson and Prince Leftfoot
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This Was A Surprise.
11 December 2014 | by Matt_LaydenSee all my reviews

Had no idea what this film was when I decided to watch it on Netflix and was pleasantly surprised by how attached I became to the subject matter, the characters and the story.

Brosnan is a disgraced TV personalty and decides to commit suicide by jumping off the top of a building on New Year's Eve. While up there, he meets 3 other people, played by Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots, all there to do the same thing. None of them commit the act and instead form a weird bond between each other. A pact is made not to commit suicide until the next "popular" suicide date, which is Valentine's Day. Dark subject matter, I know.

Despite the content of the film involving topics such as cancer, suicide, underage sex and other questionable character choices, the film balances this topics interestingly enough to keep it rather light. It never became too dark, nor too comedic. It walked a fine line of genuine trust in the characters. I found myself attached to each one, their faults, their quirks and liked them all. Imogen Poots has the hardest task of playing the "wild card" character. This character can sometimes become irritatingly annoying and I can see some people thinking her performance here is just that, but I found it oddly charming and real. She's a young girl who yearns to be loved and can't find it. She's lost, she feels alone and she turns to uncomfortable humour as a shield to hide her true feelings. I felt that her character had the most demons and she came off as the most interesting.

The film is broken up into four segments and each segment is from one of the characters POV. At first I was afraid that it was going to be one of those films that played the same event multiple times from different character perspectives, but was relieved when that was not the case.

The film fails to use the supporting cast effectively. Sam Neil is only in a few select scenes and Rosamund Pike is in one very uncomfortable one. Couldn't help but feel that their talents were slightly wasted here. I had no idea this film was based on a book, thus had nothing to hold it against. There seems to be a lot of hate towards it, but I was genuinely interested from start to finish.


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