Demolition (Movie Review)

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Starring Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain, Source Code) and Naomi Watts (King Kong, The Ring), this was set up to be an interesting, artistic film but ended up as an aimless and monotone one. While it had some funny moments, the rest of the film was just a series of events with next to no emotion or sense of direction. Gyllenhaal’s acting was mediocre and Watts’ was thoroughly uninspiring. While not an awful film, it was not particularly outstanding or impressive.


When Davis’ (Gyllenhaal) wife dies in a car crash that he survives, he begins sending overly detailed letters about his life to a vending machine company and feeling the urge to take things apart. He decides that the only way to leave his old life (with his wife) is to destroy everything to do with it, even bulldozing his house in the process.


After incorrectly swiping left from the lock screen to read his father’s text message, he swipes left to exit the Messages app. You cannot exit by swiping left; you must swipe right. The actor is clearly looking at screenshots in the Photos app.


Artistic Impression: 🌟🌟🌟

Enjoyment: ⭐️



  1. The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2007 Blacklist; a list of the “most liked” unmade scripts of the year.
  2. This is the third film to star Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Cooper, after Jarhead and October Sky.
  3. Davis is writing a complaint letter to Champion Vending regarding peanut MMs that got stuck. Champion Vending is, in fact, a real provider of Vending and Pantry services to the New York market. A portion of the movie was shot at Champions Corporate offices and Champion is featured 78 different times in the movie. Jean-Marc Vallée liked the operation so much he asked to use the actual facility and logo.




Like this? Check out my reviews of ‘The Nice Guys‘ or  ‘Looper


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