The Lovely Bones

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The Lovely Bones

Peter Jackson (2009)

12A Certificate


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After realising Middle-earth in the Lord of the Rings saga, director Peter Jackson presents a vision of the afterlife for this contemporary fantasy. Unfortunately there's too much emphasis on visual effects, as a teenage girl (a suitably wistful Saoirse Ronan) observes from on high the aftermath of her brutal murder and sees her killer (a rather too obvious Stanley Tucci) prepare for his next strike. Alice Sebold's original novel presented an incisive examination of the changing dynamics of a family in grief, but Jackson's soft-focus approach robs the story of its power. And while Mark Wahlberg delivers a poignantly childlike performance to echo the loss of his daughter, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon and Rose McIver (as mum, grandma and sister, respectively) feel superfluous. Consequently, the finale - though tense - lacks that visceral gut punch. Ultimately, Jackson spends too long in the clouds and loses touch with the real drama on ground level.


A 14-year-old girl is murdered by her neighbour and finds herself in an afterlife drawn from her own subconscious. She watches over her family, as her parents struggle to cope in the face of their loss and her sister seeks to identify the killer - who, having covered his tracks, is preparing to strike again. Peter Jackson's fantasy drama, starring Saoirse Ronan, Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci and Susan Sarandon.

Cast & Crew

Jack Salmon Mark Wahlberg
Abigail Salmon Rachel Weisz
Grandma Lynn Susan Sarandon
Susie Salmon Saoirse Ronan
George Harvey Stanley Tucci
Len Fenerman Michael Imperioli
Brian Nelson Jake Abel
Clarissa Amanda Michalka
Ray Singh Reece Ritchie
Lindsey Salmon Rose McIver
Principal Caden Thomas McCarthy
Director Peter Jackson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 19 Feb 2010