Adapted from a Nick Hornby novel, A Long Way Down tells the story of four people who become unlikely companions when they all attempt to commit suicide on New Year’s Eve.
Unfortunately, the film doesn’t know what it wants to be. It attempts to tread the fine line between comedy and tragedy but succeeds in being neither.
The farcical opening sequence, involving pizza and a queue to commit suicide, prohibits the audience from empathising with any of the characters. Meanwhile, the absence of drama creates a void which the comedic side of the film is unable to fill.
Aside from a gloriously entertaining performance from Imogen Poots, A Long Way Down, though entertaining at times, is somewhat misjudged and profoundly forgettable.
CAST: Pierce Brosnan, Imogen Poots, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul
DIRECTOR: Pascal Chaumeil
WRITERS: Nick Hornby (novel), Jack Thorne (screenplay)
SYNOPSIS: On New Year’s Eve, four suicidal companions meet and form an unlikely gang.