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A Long Way Down Blu-ray Review

A Long Way Down Blu-ray

“A Long Way Down” feels forced from the get go.

On New Year’s Eve, Martin (a former celeb who lost everything amidst a scandal), Maureen (a lonely single mother), Jess (a loud mouthed daughter of a politician whose sister is missing), and JJ (a failed musician) had each pondered committing suicide by jumping off a building. What the 4 strangers didn’t expect, however, was that they would each choose the same building to do so. After meeting on this morbid occasion, the 4 people decide not to end their lives and instead wind up being a sort of support group for one another. Together, this lost and troubled group of people aim to help one another so that they can find the strength to move on with their lives, but will it work?

Based on acclaimed author Nick Hornby’s novel, “A Long Way Down” tries to be a life affirming dramedy/character study, but the story and characters are hard to buy into. While poignant at times to be sure, the film suffers from tonal issues, a meandering middle act, and a lack of well developed characters. One would think that a character centric story such as this would be prime material for rich characters, but the script never digs into the characters or premise like it should. The potential for an impactful and emotional story about human connections and friendship is certainly here, but Jack Thorne’s lackluster screenplay makes it hard for viewers to buy into the story.

Speaking of the characters, it’s a shame that they weren’t more developed given the fact that “A Long Way Down” boasts an all-star cast that includes Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, Sam Neil, Rosamund Pike, and Imogen Poots. So, how do they all fare? Pike and Neil are given very tiny roles so they don’t make much of an impression, Brosnan continues to struggle to find a suitable role in his post Bond career, Paul is Paul, and Collette gives the most heartfelt and human performance of the group. As for Imogen Poots, the young actress seems to be giving it her all here as she makes the most of her role as Jess.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? I have no complaints with this sharp hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD. How does it sound? The audio track is adequate. This is certainly not the most audio centric film, but what we do get here is handled well in this DTS track.

Extras:
* “A Long Way Down” trailer and other Magnolia title trailers.
* A standard AXS TV featurette titled “A Look At A Long Way Down.”
* 7 deleted scenes.
* 7 minutes of outtakes.
* “Adapting The Story”- Cast and crew members talk about Nick Hornby’s source material.
* “Working With The Director”- Cast and crew members chat about what it was like working with director Pascal Chaumeil.
* “On Toppers Tower: A Behind The Scenes View”- A brief collection of behind the scenes footage of the tower set and green screen work.
* “Making Of A Long Way Down: Jumping In With Cast And Crew” contains cast and crew interviews, film clips, comments from author Nick Hornby, character discussions, etc.

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September 28, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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