“Jake Gyllenhaal gives his best performance since Brokeback Mountain as a man who refuses to mourn his wife’s death. In order to make sense of his life, a white-collar widower decides he has to tear it all down in DEMOLITION, dismantling appliances, smashing furniture and even going so far as to bulldoze his own house in search of a catharsis. It all could have gone horribly awry, were it not for the top-of-their-game contributions of leading man Jake Gyllenhaal (continuing in recent-streak crazy mode) and director Jean-Marc Vallee (back in early-career C.R.A.Z.Y. mode after having triumphed with WILD and THE DALLAS BUYERS’ CLUB)”—Variety. Despite pressure from his father in law Phil (Chris Cooper) to pull it together, Davis continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis’ letters catch the attention of customer service rep Karen (Naomi Watts) and, amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own, the two form an unlikely connection. With the help of Karen and her son Chris (Judah Lewis), Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew. R. 100 Min.
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