A Long Way Down | Review

Based on author Nick Hornby’s 2005 novel “A long Way Down“, the film was directed by Pascal Chaumeil and stars Imogen Poots, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul & Pierce Brosnan (The November Man).


Plot: Four strangers who happen to meet on the roof of a  building on New Year’s Eve, each with the intent of committing suicide. Their plans for death in solitude are ruined when they meet as they decide to come down from the roof alive – however temporary that may be.


Review: It’s a depressing subject but it’s not a depressing film. It’s Dark, weirdly funny, and smart. It tackles suicide in a very tasteful way, it’s not sugar coated but it’s true, suicidal people are not just suicidal and the movie is true to that. I’ve never completed suicide but the characters felt real to me, with ups and downs, secrets and layers to them.


Which brings me to the cast, it’s an unlikely assemble to me but it is a very good one, each characters bring something to the table and they’ve chosen actors who could, and did, bring these characters to life. Toni Collette is as usual on top of her game and Pierce Brosnan is no where near James Bond, which is great. Aaron Paul is mysterious and brooding and lastly Imogen Poots


From beginning to end we get right in the thick of it. The film got a little far fetched at times but in all it was moving and funny. The emotional states and circumstances that drove them to consider suicide are there but it’s not dragging the movie down.

What do you think of this Nick Hornby film adaptation? Would you have picked an entirely different cast or change a few actors? And lastly which of the four characters was your favorite? Share your thoughts comment section below or suggest an old movie based on novel for the Throwback Thursdays movie articles.

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