Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Lovely Bones

I read Alice Sebold's chilling novel The Lovely Bones years ago and I can still remember the feeling of how the story of a young girl's murder haunted me. Fast forward a few years and acclaimed director Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Heavenly CreaturesKing Kong) is bringing Sebold's book to the big screen, starring Mark Wahlberg (having replaced Ryan Gosling once filming had already commenced), Rachel Weisz and the truly luminous Irish actress (and Academy Award nominee for 2008's Atonement) Saoirse Ronan as the murdered Susie Salmon. 

This is not your typical murder mystery, however. Set in suburban 1973 the story is instead more interested with Susie after her murder and how she watches her family from the other side of mortality as they discover her disappearance, try to come to terms with her shocking death and become involved in her murder investigation. The description, I know, sounds grim and far too depressing, but the story itself is inventive and unique (Susie exploring her life after death) and the film would be worth watching for the amazing group of talent alone. Unfortunately you'll have to wait to see the film itself until it's released on December 11. 

Watch the goosebump-y trailer (just released officially yesterday) here.  
Update: My first trailer was already removed from youtube due to copyright infringement so I have to go with this clip from ET. Not as good, but still decent. 

You can purchase Sebold's novel online here. Trust me, it's worth it. 

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