Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Lovely Bones Movie Review 92

The Lovely Bones is directed by Peter Jackson who also directed the Lord Of The Rings trilogy. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Saoirse Ronan and Rachel Weisz. It is based on a novel of the same name by Alice Sebold.
Firstly, I have to say that I did not like this movie. I thought that it was too long and there were too many drawn out scenes. I have no tolerance for movies that meander along and just don't get to the point quickly. Anyway, the movie begins with a young 14 year old girl called Susie(Saoirse Ronan) with her whole life ahead of her. She lives with her parents, Jack Salmon(Wahlberg) and Abigail Salmon(Weisz) and her sister, Lindsey(Rose McIver). Susie is walking home from school on her own when she meets a neighbour, George Harvey(Stanley Tucci). He invites her to come into his underground room he has made for kids. She stupidly goes down into it and she ends up being murdered by him.

We then go through her journey into the afterlife and she can see what happened to her. Her parents are devastated and they try to find her killer along with a cop, Detective Len Fenerman(Michael Imperioli). Jack tries to investigate the murder himself and he becomes suspicious of everyone. He looks at people and he wonders if it was someone he knows or was it a complete stranger. This has a strain on his marriage. Abigail leaves him and her other child and heads off somewhere else because of everything that has happened. Her mother, Lynn(Susan Sarandon) comes to look after the kids. She is a kooky character.

Meanwhile, Susie can see her murderer and she sees how he has murdered other young girls. He has killed many children and she can tell that he will kill again if given the chance. She finds out that her body is in a safe in Harvey's basement. Meanwhile, Jack has an inkling that Harvey is the killer and he runs after him through a cornfield only to come upon someone else and he gets the crap beaten out of him. While he is recovering in hospital, Lindsey watches Harvey and begins to think that he is the killer too. She sneaks into his house looking for clues and finds his notebook describing what he has done. She takes it but he catches her. She manages to get away but then discovers that her mother has come back and she gives the notebook to her grandmother. Harvey flees for fear of being caught and he dumps the safe into a hole where it is buried forever. The ending of this movie is so stupid that it isn't worth discussing. I disliked this movie and the only thing that kept me watching was the scenes with the killer in them as he was a good character. Young actress Saoirse Ronan has talent also and she will be a big star, I would think. Other than that, there is very little to recommend this movie to anyone. It gets a miserable 1/10.


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