DEMOLITION – Rated R

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Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Polly Draper and Judah Lewis

How do you deal with a tragic death in your life? You demolish your life to pieces and try to rebuild it again… THIS IS DEMOLITION!!

After a car crash takes the life of his wife, and not him, Investment Banker Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) struggles to find purpose in life, and moving on from this tragedy…

When a vending machine at the hospital malfunctions – Davis decides to write a series of letters to the company, explaining his profound unhappiness with not receiving something that was rightfully his ~ while dispelling his life story amongst the pages too.

Opening up this avenue as a way to express his life, and how he got to this less than perfect place in the present, Customer Service Rep Karen (Naomi Watts), is drawn in by this stranger’s story, when she decides to find this Davis person, any way she can…

When an encounter between the two of them finally manifests itself, it seems that Davis and Karen are destined to be friends, as they both try to deal with the issues in their lives, that neither of them can seem to come to terms with…Leaving them no choice but to demolish their pasts, in order to move forward with this thing we call LIFE…

I give DEMOLITION a rating between CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD OR NETFLIX: With the psychological implications of death in the forefront of this storyline, and my love for Gyllenhaal still exuding from his fabulous performance last year in SOUTHPAW, I was hoping to love each and every frame of this film going in. But, that apparently was not in the cards. Gyllenhaal is good as the dysfunctional depressive, seeking to come to terms with the untimely death of his wife ~ even though he really is lack of emotion one way or the other in spite of it all. Watts performance isn’t exactly awful either, even though the strange, yet necessary relationship between her character Karen and Davis seems to unravel as soon as it begins ~ which I guess is okay ~ since it makes way for a mentor style relationship to evolve between Karen’s son Chris (Judah Lewis) and Davis in the end. The only real-life drama unfolding on screen which seemed to add the cohesiveness this film desperately needed, was the father-in-law / Son-in –law relationship between Davis and Phil (Chris Cooper) as they tried to forge through the loss of an incredible woman in both of their lives, and neither of them actually knowing the right way to move on – without demolishing things and the people around them…making this Indie film a little more appealing to view when it was all said and done, but not by much…

Kathy Kaiser