Movie: Demolition (2015)
Director: Jean-Marc Vallee
Writer: Bryan Sipe
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, C.J. Wilson, Polly Draper, & Heather Lind
One-Line Plot Synopsis: A banker (Gyllenhaal) tries to overcome the death of his wife dies in a car accident by demolishing his house and rebuilding his life with the help of a customer service rep (Watts) and her son (Wilson).
I'm a huge Jake Gyllenhaal fan. That much should be pretty clear by now. So, I'll see anything and everything that he comes out with. I'd say he has at least an 80% success rate and even if a movie may not be on that "next level," he's going to bring it up a notch by how good he is.
Demolition, for me, falls into that other 20%. That still doesn't mean it's bad, it's just that when you go to name the number of Gyllenhaal's great movies, this one will probably not make the list. The movie tends to be repetitive, not in the good Source Code kind of way, but in the stale way, where it's not moving forward and just treading water for an extended period of time. Demolition, which will never not remind me of Demolition Man, is a movie about a banker, played by Jake, who has his wife die in a car accident. In an effort to cope with the loss, he starts dismantling his house that he shared with her, discovering details about their relationship that he may have overlooked when they were actually still together.
Naomi Watts is randomly connected to Gyllenhaal's grieving character by kind of stalking him if we're being honest. Also, I'm not sure why she doesn't just use her normal speaking voice and uses an American accent instead. It sound a tad emotionless to me. Her son, played by Judah Lewis, is probably my favorite part of the movie. He plays his character with nuance that seems advanced for a kid his age. He portrays a multi-layered character struggling with his sexual identity and looking for some type of human connection. I would have preferred a movie centered around his character more so than the one we got centered around Gyllenhaal's.
It's always nice to have Chris Cooper involved in any movie.
Demolition was made on only a $10 million budget...unfortunately, it only grossed $1.8 million in the US.