A Long Way Down (2014)

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A Long Way Down (2014)
  • Time: 96 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Director: Pascal Chaumeil
  • Cast: Aaron Paul, Pierce Brosnan, Imogen Poots, Toni Collette

Storyline:

Four lost souls – a disgraced TV presenter, a foul-mouthed teen, an isolated single mother and a solipsistic muso – decide to end their lives on the same night, New Year’s Eve. When this disillusioned quartet of strangers meet unintentionally at the same suicide hotspot, a London high-rise with the well-earned nickname Topper’s Tower, they mutually agree to call off their plans for six weeks, forming an unconventional, dysfunctional family, becoming media sensations as the Topper House Four and searching together for the reasons to keep on living.

One review

  • Four strangers accidentally meet at the top of a large tower on New Year’s Eve, all with plans to kill themselves. They form a surrogate family to help each other live until Valentine’s Day. I’ll admit this did not sound like an appealing storyline and just seemed too dark for a comedy, however after watching the trailer, it looked interesting, but I was still skeptical.

    The story is the highlight of the film, it’s funny, it’s sad, it’s empowering and overall it’s incredibly emotional. You’re never left in a state of apathy, you are gripped to these character’s stories and the hope they find their will to live again. Other Nick Hornby novels that have been adapted into films haven’t had the same impact on me, About A Boy was interesting but to me was more aimed at the female audience. This film however felt like a story for everyone.

    Aaron Paul has really come into his own since the end of Breaking Bad. Within the past two weeks, Paul has starred or co-starred in two big films (Need For Speed & A Long Way Down). Both that could define his career, one film that could end up being a long series that could compete with…
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