Movie Review – A Long Way Down (2014)

Director: Pascal Chaumeil

Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Toni Collette

A group of strangers bump into each other on the roof on New Year’s Eve. Each of them were contemplating suicide, but they decide to put it off and enter a pact to stay alive until Valentine’s Day. They all have their own troubles, but their mutual pain turns to friendship, although the desire to die hangs over them like a shadow.

It’s a decent cast but Imogen Poots is the only one who really lights up the screen. The formula is a familiar one – strangers come together in an unlikely situation and find themselves stuck together where they discover each other’s secrets etc. If you’re looking for a movie that delves deep into the psychology of what makes people consider suicide this is not it, because honestly I’m still not sure why a couple of the characters were even contemplating it.

It’s meant to be a dark comedy, but I’m not sure it succeeds in its aim because it sits somewhere in the middle of wanting to be a genuine drama and letting loose with the black humour, so it’s middling fare that doesn’t quite fulfil the potential of the premise.

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