Demolition

Demolition

DVD - 2016
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Davis Mitchell, a successful investment banker, struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father in law, Phil, to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis' letters catch the attention of customer service rep, Karen Mareno and amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own; the two form an unlikely connection.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA :, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment,, [2016]
Edition: Rental exclusive
Call Number: DVD F DEMO
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
DVD,NTSC,rda
digital,optical,surround,stereo,Dolby Digital 5.1,Dolby Digital 2.0,rda
1 videodisc (100 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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firefly5
Aug 13, 2017

The beginning of this movie was somewhat interesting. I thought I understood the grief and how Davis was trying to resolve his feelings. During the middle of this movie, it became ridiculous in the extreme, that is when I ff the dvd. Toward the end it was better. I would not recommend this movie.

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thornhill_boy
Jul 22, 2017

Jake Gyllenhaal's acting is the only thing that is anywhere close to sanity and even he can't save this aimless flotsam from total disaster. Director must have had his reasons to try and make this piece appear like a deep art house effort. But with an unconvincing script and plot, not much goes his way. In the end, you wonder what just happened over 2 long hours. Save your time for another worthwhile venture.

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ms_mustard
Jun 24, 2017

an apparently successful man is actually so disconnected from his self, his life, his wife, that after she is killed in a car crash he realizes that he had no real connection to her and to their life together. the only way he can begin to feel anything is by destroying things.
he focuses his feelings on a small incident and that leads to a connection with a stranger who becomes a friend.
based on the title I was not drawn to this movie but watched it because I've watched and liked all of Vallee's films. this one too....

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Zeusifer1
Apr 15, 2017

Too few movies like this anymore. On several occasions I found myself rolling on the couch laughing uncontrollably at 3 in the morning. Original, touching and very funny at times.

MANY STARS.

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britprincess1ajax
Mar 28, 2017

In the face of tragedy, you have to take your life apart and then rebuild it. This is the premise of the story and the plot revolves around a widower's emotional whims. But Jake Gyllenhaal plays the part like a dream, embodying an unusual man who seems to be seeing the world for the first time, like he's viewing it through the eyes of a naive child whose heart is filled with wonder. It's a good watch that foists one to examine their priorities, to determine what emotions are buried to pursue the day-to-day hustle and bustle. It would have been easy to make this film saccharine or sad, but instead it opted for something genuine with the occasional sparks of humour, dark and inappropriate as they may be. Something real like this, a drama without melodrama, is unique. Even with its final act kind of derailing and jumping the tracks into a land of utter confusion disconnected from the rest of the story, I enjoyed DEMOLITION more than I expected and would still recommend it.

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gingin1972
Mar 20, 2017

Different movie was kind of boring I thought!

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amoby
Mar 10, 2017

I don't really care for Jake Gyllenhaal's character. I have gone through many close deaths and the difference in my experience is I don't have money to help me destroy the expensive things Hollywood expects me to have.

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Jalenridge
Mar 06, 2017

Despite all the action (demolition), I found that the movie plodded along, much like it's protagonist, who is not very likable or interesting. The secondary characters save the film. The blandness of Jake Gyllenhaal's character is intentional, but this makes it difficult for us to appreciate his struggle and his psychological journey.

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ROBERTFREDALLEN
Jan 11, 2017

I found this movie very close to boring, but it did keep some kind of kinky interest, but by the time I actually finished the movie I wish I believed my gut feeling and not wasted my time.

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poolman
Jan 07, 2017

Typical Hollywood but with an intensity that is often absent. Gyllenhaal is, as usual, excellent in these enigmatic roles where you're not sure what he's going to do next. Supporting cast is also interesting but it's no doubt North American angst and can't pretend to be real life. Can it???

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britprincess1ajax
Mar 28, 2017

“F**k is a great word, but if you use it too much, it loses its value.”
“F**k you.”
“Exactly.”

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britprincess1ajax
Mar 28, 2017

(The fire alarm goes off in the kitchen.)
“I heard the dinner bell ring.”

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jimg2000
Sep 29, 2016

The marriage on shaky grounds:
Then, out of nowhere, she asked...
Karen: So why'd you marry her?
Davis: I dunno. 'Cause it was easy.

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jimg2000
Sep 29, 2016

Some quotes in IMDb as these few favorites:

Phil: Man loses his wife, he's a widower. Child loses a parent, they're an orphan. But losing a child... there is no word for this. And it shouldn't be.
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Chris: [in his kitchen with sledgehammers] What are you exactly doing?
Davis: I'm taking apart my marriage.
[starts swinging]
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Karen: [on the phone] I'm sorry again, mister Mitchell. This is so unprofessional.
Davis: Customer service is a profession?

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britprincess1ajax
Mar 28, 2017

Arriving at the hospital after a fatal car crash that kills his young wife, widower Davis Mitchell tries to buy peanut M&Ms from a vending machine in the ICU, but they get jammed against the glass. And so, he writes to the customer service department of the vending company in long letters that overshare the details of his life. The woman who reads his letters in customer service, Karen, contacts him. While struggling with the changes in his life, he forms a relationship, first via correspondence and then face-to-face, with Karen. Meanwhile, his father-in-law Phil is plugging away at creating a foundation in his daughter's name, making all the decisions and artificially including his son-in-law by having him sign off. Pushed to the brink inside, Davis begins dismantling everything in his life with the tools his father-in-law gave him two Christmases ago because of encouragement he received to take things apart in the face of tragedy to discover what's important before rebuilding. He takes apart doors, lighting fixtures, computers, and an overpriced cappuccino machine. He is in the process of demolition and adopts the task full-time and full-fledged.

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