A Long Way Down


Rooftop bonding...

Suicide is hardly painless in this ill-conceived comedy, in which four desperates meet up one New Year’s Eve on the same tower block roof and vote to impose a six-week moratorium on their splattery demises. Time enough, you’d think, for Pierce Brosnan to bring some Bondian charm to his sleazy chat-show host or for sparks to fly between Aaron Paul’s would-be muso and Imogen Poots’ bratty politician’s daughter.

Not so alas, French director Pascal Chaumeil replacing what pithy wit existed in Nick Hornby’s book with sentiment and characters that, mousy Toni Collette apart, are pretty much dead on arrival.

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