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Demolition (2016)

Director:
Jean-Marc Vallée
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Demolition
RUNNING TIME
101 minutes
Producer:
Lianne Halfon
Russ Smith
Molly Smith
Trent Luckinbill
Sidney Kimmel
Jean-Marc Vallée
Thad Luckinbill
John Malkovich
Screenwriter:
Bryan Sipe


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Davis Mitchell Jake Gyllenhaal
Karen Moreno Naomi Watts
Phil Eastwood Chris Cooper
Chris Moreno Judah Lewis
Carl C.J. Wilson ½
Margot Eastwood Polly Draper
Julia Heather Lind

 

Review

In order to fix something that's broken, you must first completely dismantle it. This is the aphorism that Jake Gyllenhaal's character in Demolition puts into practice after having lost his wife in a traffick accident after which he was not finding able ways to greive. Baked into it all is a lot of symbolism and insinuations about finding meaning in our sterile, career-driven modern lives, which are valid and thoughtprovoking enough. And Jake Gyllenhaal gives the type of pensive, authentic performance that we've come to expect from him of late. Still, Demolition isn't quite able to put itself together to a fully assembled motion picture. It's a film of provocative and well-performed bits and pieces, but when director Jean-Marc Vallée knows it's time to find out what exactly he wants to say, his conclusion about savouring what you have before it's too late doesn't feel very convincing seen in light of the profound identity crisis his protagonist has exhibited. Demolition is an unfulfilled and flawed film, but one that should be seen.

Copyright © 06.12.2016 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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