Louder Than Bombs (2015)


“There are days I’m invisible, I can do whatever I want. I must be careful not to lose that ability.” – Connor

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Jun 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A family that was shattered by the death of the mother who was a famous photojournalist tries to form a bond despite the fact that each of them grieves in different ways.

My Take on it – This is a film that was recommended to me a few months back and was curious to see what it was about especially with such a great cast.

The premnsie of the film is quite intriguing yet they fail to explore the concept well enough.

Despite the casting of Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg, David Strathairn, Amy Ryan and Isabelle Huppert, this film is a mess because each of the performances feel much too disjointed especially when the story line flips back and forth between the various sub stories along the way.

This is a film that tries much too hard to show how a family fractured by tragedy can try to each find their own paths to deal with their grief in variously diverse ways.

There are too many elements of the story tho that make little to no sense and this distracts the viewer from the overall premise.

Much of these story threads are presented without much explanation and that feels as if it takes away so much from what they are trying to do here.

The film also has numerous flashback scenes and they are also misused since they also fail to add much of an explanation of things in a more comprehendable way

Bottom Line – Really interesting premise that just isn’t explored well enough. The cast members are superb, but each of the performances feel much too disjointed especially as they flip back and forth between the various story lines. The film tries much too hard to show how a family can be fractured by tragedy and how each of the 3 remaining family members deal with their grief in different ways. Some of the elements of the story tho make little to no sense and distract from the overall premise since they are presented without much of an explanation and it takes so much away from what they try to do.  Even the flashback scenes feel misused and fail to help explain things in a more comprehendable way.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Conrad and Jonah watch in the computer a scene from an old movie where his father Gene appeared as actor. This scene is for real and it belongs to the movie Hello Again (1987), starred by Shelley Long and Gabriel Byrne, who plays Gene in this movie. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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