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Based on the book by Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down tells the story of four strangers brought together on New Years Eve as they each try to throw themselves from a building. After making a pact to see if they can survive killing themselves until Valentines day, their story soon sparks a media frenzy and their lives become a lot more complicated.
For a film of which the main theme is suicide, A Long Way Down is nowhere near as challenging or as dark as you might expect; in fact it’s on the contrary, and proves to be a perfectly watchable and enjoyable 96 minutes at the cinema.
It’s not earth shattering though, and despite moving me on a couple of occasions, there’s nothing here of any real worth. I think it plays it safe with the subject, and you can’t help but have the impression that you’re watching a watered down version of its source material.
That being said, I never felt bored at any point during the film; it trots along at a nice pace and there are enough genuine laughs to hold your attention the length of the film.
The fantastic cast are what really carries the film though, particularly the two leading ladies, Imogen Poots and Toni Collette who give bold and subtle performances respectively. Pierce Brosnan also puts in an excellent turn while Aaron Paul, perhaps the weakest link in the cast sort of drifts through proceedings, thinking about cashing his cheque.
Whilst it offers nothing new or original, A Long Way Down is unlikely to offend or bore you and is a completely passable bit of filmmaking, with charming performances and moments of true wit.