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From Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson comes the extraordinary story about one girl's life, and everything that came after. When 14-year-old Susie Salmon was murdered, she left her unfinished life behind. But now from her place in a strange but beautiful in-between world, she must help her father catch her killer and protect her family before she can finally move on. Filled with thrilling suspense, hope and the redeeming power of love.
Mark Wahlberg as Jack Salmon
Susan Sarandon as Grandma Lynn
Stanley Tucci as George Harvey
Saoirse Ronan as Susie Salmon
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|Runtime||106 minutes||139 minutes||116 minutes||90 minutes||142 minutes|
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From Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson comes the extraordinary story about one girl's life, and everything that came after. When 14-year-old Susie Salmon was murdered, she left her unfinished life behind. But now from her place in a strange but beautiful in-between world, she must help her father catch her killer and protect her family before she can finally move on. Filled with thrilling suspense, hope and the redeeming power of love, it's 'One of the best films of the year. Incredibly powerful.' Harry Knowles, Ain't it Cool News
Director Peter Jackson takes a personal, risky leap in his direction of the film version of Alice Sebold's bestselling novel The Lovely Bones. Yet the leap pays off, in emotional depth and riveting visuals that transport the viewer to other worlds--even ones the viewer may not want to visit. The Lovely Bones is lofted by its star-making performance by the young Saoirse Ronan (Atonement), who plays Susie Salmon, the 14-year-old girl who is murdered early in the film, and who narrates the action from her "in-between place" after dying but before going to heaven. Ronan makes Susie as earthy and awkward as any young teen, yet her presence, and her gorgeous pale eyes, remind viewers that she's otherworldly too. The Lovely Bones takes some big departures from the book, as many critics have pointed out, but it works well on its own merits. The drama involves how (even whether) Susie's family will recover after her ghastly murder, and what happens to her killer and the futile-seeming search for justice and closure. The entire cast is stellar, including Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz as Susie's nearly destroyed parents; the composed young New Zealand actress Rose McIver, who plays Susie's younger sister, whom Susie watches grow up to be the young woman that Susie will never get to be; and Susan Sarandon, the boozy, wisecracking grandmother who may or may not be able to help keep the family from splintering into a million pieces. The other true standout is Stanley Tucci, almost unrecognizable as the quiet, creepy neighbor who kills Susie, obsessing over every detail and perhaps having left a whole trail of gruesome murders in his shambling wake. Jackson's deft direction keeps the mourning humans moving along believably, numbly, and gives breathtaking life to the afterlife, in scenes of fantasy and dread that recall his Heavenly Creatures. The film is rated PG-13 but is not recommended for younger teenagers because of its intense subject matter, though handled delicately. --A.T. Hurley
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 4.5 x 0.75 inches; 2.56 Ounces
- Item model number : 7261992
- Director : Peter Jackson
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Dubbed, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 15 minutes
- Release date : April 20, 2010
- Actors : Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : French, Spanish, English
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : Paramount
- ASIN : B001QOGYAO
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,718 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz honestly portray grief stricken parents. Susan Sarandon, the boozy, yet rock solid grandmother, is hilarious. And Stanley Tucci, the neighbor Mr. Harvey, is absolutely chilling.
But, most of all, you will never forget 13 year old Saoirse Ronan. Her insightful and sensitive portrayal, with subtle body language and gorgeous pale blue eyes, gives Susie Salmon life. A life you care about… even in death.
You will never forget Susie Salmon.
In a whispery, matter-of-fact voice, Susie tells her story. “My name is Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was 14 years old when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.”
Trapped inside a “perfect world,” Susie longs to reassure her family that she is still here, as they struggle to deal with her murder. She craves revenge for the man who took everything from her. And she yearns for the first kiss that never was.
Helplessly, from her world “in between,” Susie watches her family fall to pieces. She watches her murderer as he watches her younger sister, Lindsey, who is now growing up. And she watches the boy she loves, fall in love with that “weird, other worldly girl” who feels her presence and accepts that the dead walk among the living
Ultimately, Susie’s killer is exposed. Her family begins to heal and accept a world without her in it. And Susie sadly realizes it is time to move on. “I was here for a moment and then I was gone.”
As for me, I can never forget Susie Salmon.
I am haunted by “THE LOVELY BONES.” Long after, I am left to ponder uneasily. “What is DEATH?” For, as Susie’s “in between” friend, Holly says, “…everybody dies.”
“I wish you a long and happy LIFE.”
The Lovely Bones (2009) is Peter Jackson's suspenseful and stunning adaptation of the novel of the same name. The Lovely Bones contains some of the scariest sequences I have ever witnessed. The suspense is killer. Jackson's direction is excellent in all of the real thriller sequences, but his beautiful fantasy elements miss the mark. Instead of tender emotional metaphors, these fantasy scenes feel tedious and off tonally. I do think they still look remarkable all the same.
As for Jackson's direction during the real family portions and serial killer perspectives, The Lovely Bones is so intimate and touching, while also reaching into the horrifying. Jackson's use of illusive lighting, bright colors, clever editing, and tense long takes are admirable.
I think the music does not often fit tonally as the symphonic score is tense and lovely, but random guitar passages sweep in to ruin the atmosphere several times. The editing could have taken down The Lovely Bones' longer length, but the incredible use of image matching makes the edits all worth it. Jackson gets the most out of his metaphors. I really love the creative angles and unsettling viewpoints that Jackson uses made The Lovely Bones one of the most unique films I have ever seen.
Saoirse Ronan is excellent in The Lovely Bones as Susie Salmon. Her introductory appearances are so endearing and sweet that you hate what happens to her. Saoirse Ronan plays innocent and distraught quite well. For such a young actress, Saoirse maintains an air of confidence and certainty with her acting choices. You feel a deeper empathy with her character thanks to Saoirse's performance.
I must mention Stanley Tucci's incredible portrayal as the serial killer and pedophile George Harvey. I honestly think that Tucci delivered his greatest acting role ever in The Lovely Bones. He is one of the scariest and creepiest villains in movie history. Tucci's every look is suspicious and frightening. His sudden rage and violence is shocking and upsetting. Tucci plays every gaze creepy and monstrous. He really is a phenomenal actor. Stanley Tucci proves his serious character acting ability in The Lovely Bones. I had nightmares of Tucci after my first viewing of The Lovely Bones.
Lastly, the supporting cast is pretty solid in The Lovely Bones. Mark Wahlberg is great as Jack Salmon. His depiction of fatherly love and grief is believable and admirable. He gets some nice moments of rage and frustration. Likewise, Rachel Weisz is great as the mother Abigail Salmon. Her grief and sorrow is very gripping.
Overall, as uneven as The Lovely Bones is at times, I found it suspenseful to the very end. It's a great movie!
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Susie is the 14 year-old victim of a serial killer and the film shows her observing from an indeterminate state of limbo (neither heaven or the real world) how her family copes in the aftermath of her death.
I think Peter Jackson has done rather well, all things considered; the story is a melancholic one and even the book isn't without plot flaws and a certain lack of resolution. The film has the advantage of making visual instantly what the novel takes long passages to describe and the relationship between Susie and Ruth is underplayed (and I think better handled) in the film version. Some have accused it of sentimentality, but really, how can you tell a story of this kind without feeling the emotions it entails?
Saoirse Ronan as Susie gives a really accomplished central performance for such a young actor and Susan Sarandon as Grandma Lynn is in a class of her own. There is fine support from the rest of the cast and Stanley Tucci portrays George Harvey with a chilling authenticity.
Beautifully filmed - even aside from the special effects - it is, underneath, a quite harrowing story that needs the balancing weights of pathos and emotion to make it work. I've watched it some 3 times since its release and feel I can better assess it now and in comparison to the novel which I read before this film came out.
A Flawed film, perhaps, but if you give it a fair chance it will stay with you and there is much to appreciate about this tragic but moving story.
The DVD release has nothing in the way of extras; there are subtitles, but you may have to adjust your screen settings in order to see them fully.
The film does have an uncomfortable edge to it in so much as the depressing horror of murder. And there is great sadness in the loss of the murdered teenager Susie. But this film has more than just a murder story.
We see Susie Salmon from a little girl right up to the time when as a teenager she is murdered by a neighbour.
She finds herself in a world between the mortal world and heaven. A world where it is neither one thing or another.
She reflects back over her life and events of the terrible murder and is pulled to her family through the emotional pain they go through and as she struggles to cope with everything she has to learn to let go and move on towards the light of heaven. We see that death is part of life. And we are reminded about what is really important here in this life.
This is a haunting and heartbreaking story that unfolds from heaven, where life is a perpetual yesterday. Everyone has his or her own version of heaven. It can be what we want it to be. Susie's version is part of her simplest dreams.
This is a sort of coming of age story. Susie clings to the world of the living as she struggles to accept her death. She watches her family disintegrate in their grief. Her father becomes pre occupied with finding the killer. Her Mother is in denial and withdraws. And Susie watches her sister go through the milestones of the teenage life she was supposed to have. The story is a sentimental journey of loss, love and faith.
The idea of a murdered teenager caught in a between worlds place as she watches over her friends and family cope with her death and her own struggle to fight feelings of revenge is not so negative as one might think.
Instead we see the afterlife world through fabulous special effects with glorious imagery. We see the love of a family that transcends disaster and grief. The love that can always be there for all eternity. We see how through that love, and the glory of heavenly love that it is possible to let go and to move on as best we can.
As for the murder thread there are little moment of development with regard to the killer but the ending proves that this film is not the ordinary murder horror story with a predictable conclusion.
Instead I felt that the murder although a heavy feature is not what the film is really about. The film asks what is really important. The death or the love? Our lives here on earth are just a moment of time in the grand order of the universe. Our lives touch others. There are threads that cross each other and there are moments when we share good and bad with others. Loved ones can always be with us through those moments of love for each other even when they are not physically with us. Love can be there without actually ever getting to say I love you.
Susie and her family struggle to bring the killer to justice. Love unites and negativity destroys. So in the end everyone has to let go. And without giving anything away everything comes right in the end.
The film has great originality and imagery and shows life as raw as it can be, as well as a life after in a heavenly existence as I hope it will be. Susie moves on to heaven and her family move on with their lives.
The movie is quite long and it can seem gloomy and slow but don't be put off. This is a film that requires thought. It has originality.
This is a totally believable story. You feel the happiness, the loving unity of the family and then you feel their pain and loss. You feel the terror that Saorise Ronan experiences in the moments before her death and you shiver at the creepy Stanley Tucci. Humour during pain is brought about by the alcoholic grandmother and everything fits as if you are watching reality.
The 'inbetween' of heaven and earth is something the film captures wonderfully. We all hope its real! This is a must see film. If their is a criticsm, then its the ending, that in my opinion,leaves you a little empty.