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A Long Way Down (2014) Film Review | 365 Day Film Challenge – Day 19

Following the lives of four suicidal strangers who meet on the roof of a building, A Long Way Down is a charming, yet flawed film. The acting is fantastic. Starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, and Aaron Paul as the Topper Four, each character is nuanced and relatable. I particularly enjoyed Imogen Poots as Jess, a girl with a broken heart and eclectic tastes who yearns for freedom. None of the characters feel stereotypical, and the subject matter is handled with delicacy.

I wish the story had gone a little deeper, though. You find out why the characters wish to end their lives, but you never really get to know them. There are warm, funny moments sprinkled throughout that make this film stand out from the crowd and provide levity from the dark subject matter, but it would have benefited from a longer run time.

I enjoyed this film more than I thought I would, and I definitely recommend it if you’re bored one day and have nothing to watch. It’s definitely flawed, but A Long Way Down has charm in spades, along with a message of hope.

Verdict: 3.5/5

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