A Long Way Down

A Long Way Down

Pascal Chaumeil (2013)

92min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Based on the novel by Nick Hornby, this lacklustre black comedy centres on four suicidal Londoners: Pierce Brosnan plays a disgraced TV presenter, Imogen Poots an unstable politician's daughter, Toni Collette an exhausted mum caring for her disabled son and Aaron Paul (of TV's Breaking Bad) a failed musician. One fateful New Year's Eve they all decide to jump from the same tower block, but implausibly strapped for space, they decide to hold off taking the plunge until after Valentine's Day. In the meantime, they bond, and director Pascal Chaumeil (who scored a hit with French romantic comedy Heartbreaker) delves into their back stories. It's a pointless exercise, as you may find yourself wishing this depressed - and depressing - bunch had put an end to things six weeks earlier. Though it boasts a classy line-up (Rosamund Pike and Sam Neill also appear), Chaumeil takes the wrong approach, delivering a film that is overplayed, contrived, manipulative - and unfunny.

Summary

Premiere. A stressed mum, a disgraced TV presenter, an American musician and a spurned teenager form a bond on New Year's Eve when they meet on the roof of a notorious London suicide spot. They vow to stay alive until Valentine's Day, but two of them wind up making front page news. Comedy drama based on the Nick Hornby novel, starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots.

Cast & Crew

Martin Sharp Pierce Brosnan
Maureen Toni Collette
JJ Aaron Paul
Jess Imogen Poots
Penny Rosamund Pike
Kathy Tuppence Middleton
Chris Crichton Sam Neill
Chas Joe Cole
Director Pascal Chaumeil
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Lionsgate UKGuidance: Swearing. Available on: DVDReleased on: 21 Mar 2014
Drama Comedy