Hereafter is another well-directed movie by Clint Eastwood. I wasn’t sure whether I would like it or not but after watching it last night with some friends, I found it fascinating. The one over arching theme other than the premise of an existence beyond this life, were the genuine reactions people have to the idea of someone who have had this experience.
Clearly the topic, what do you think happens when we die fuels debate, but the reality for anything ‘supernatural’ or beyond our 5 senses, almost always falls into 4 categories, science fiction, religious beliefs, non-theological but experiential, or non-experiential. I found the comment from her publisher about her writing a book on her personal experience, being a better sell in America than France, amusing, stereotypical but probably true.
Hereafter is a supernatural thriller fantasy film directed, co-produced, and scored by Clint Eastwood. It was written by Peter Morgan and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. The film tells three emotionally traumatic parallel stories of people affected by death. It covers such diverse topics as communicating with the dead, near death visualization and the loss of a close sibling (a twin). George, (Matt Damon) possesses an ability to communicate with the departed but hides it away by becoming an American factory worker. He has worked professionally as a clairvoyant, but no longer wants to communicate with the dead. Cécile de France plays French television journalist, Marie, who survives a near-death experience during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami; and twins Marcus and Jason (played by Frankie and George McLaren), are British boys touched by tragedy when one of them dies in an accident.
It had modest box office success, primarily in international release, however as expected many domestic critics failed to find it appealing. Roger Ebert, gave the film four out of four stars, calling it a film that “considers the idea of an afterlife with tenderness, beauty and a gentle tact. I was surprised to find it enthralling.“
I thought the film bogged down in small segments but I guess I’m becoming used to the pace most movies now progress. It certainly starts out in a big way to tie in significantly powerful catastrophic events and the people directly involved. Clint Eastwood knows how to tell a good story and I think he succeeds in this film. I also found the music score to be equally engaging, tying in the emotional weight and impact with the story.