"I wasn't gone. I was alive in my own perfect world. But in my heart, I knew it wasn't perfect. My murderer still haunted me."It's hard to imagine that a story about a fourteen-year-old girl getting murdered and going off into the afterlife could be visually stunning, but director Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones accomplishes just that. Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan (Atonement) stars as Susie Salmon, the oldest of three children to Jack and Abigail Salmon (played by Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weitz), whose young life is taken away from her in 1973 by a pedophile neighbor Mr. Harvey (played by Stanley Tucci). But rather than dying and going to heaven, young Susie gets trapped in between worlds as the news of her passing sends a shockwave throughout her family. Susie lingers in the afterlife to watch over her family and help them find her murderer. Only until then can her spirit be at ease for her to cross over.
Truly an experience, The Lovely Bones is narrated in first person by the young victim, whose calming and youthful spirit in the midst of a heavenly backdrop can best be described as beautiful as she struggles to understand what has happened to her all the while longing for what she will miss by not being able to grow older. It's an interesting way to tell a heartbreaking story a young girl whose life was taken away too soon, and whose family fights to pull the pieces together after their loss.
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Reel Talk Rating: B+