HEREAFTER

A Review by Shlomoh Sherman
Euclid, Ohio - November 15, 2010


Director: Clint Eastwood
Writer: Peter Morgan
Tagline: If you think you are alone, you're not!
Genres: Drama - Fantasy
Plot: A drama centered on three people who are touched by death in different ways.
Filming Locations: Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Muswell Hill, London, England, UK


George Lonegan is an American psychic who, urged on by his brother, has been deliverling messages for relatives and friends from those who have passed on. CÚcile De France is a Paris journalist who has had a near death experience. Marcus is a British young boy, a twin, whose brother is killed in a street automobile accident.

Angered by the unhappiness his psychic revelations bring to the grieving and by his brother's insistence that he use his psychic ability to make a fast buck, George abruptly leaves America and travels abroad to get away from unhappy drama in his life. Cecile has written a book about the afterlife based on visions she saw as she lay dying, before being resucitated, and is autographing her book at a London book store. Marcus, hurt and grieving over the death of his twin brother, sees a TV news feature about Cecile's book. A series of events bring these three people together in a feel-good climax.

The trailer to this movie made me curious, and the movie was actually better than I had anticipated. Clint Eastwood again delivers a really good film experience without indulging in too much corny speculation about questions revolving around the meaning of life after death. The acting is good and film moves along at nice pace, pulling the audience along to a hopefull anticipated ending.

This is a film that any [unjaded and non-cynical] movie-goer can enjoy. Because there is no detailed depiction of what really will happen to us after we pass on, no one's religious sensibilities need be offended.

I always enjoy watching Matt Damon on screen. Cindy also enjoyed this movie.







Cast: Top Billed Only
 Cécile De France  ...  Marie LeLay  
 Thierry Neuvic  ...  Didier  
 Cyndi Mayo Davis  ...  Island Hotel Clerk  
 Lisa Griffiths  ...  Stall Owner  
 Jessica Griffiths  ...  Island Girl  
 Ferguson Reid  ...  Rescuer  
 Derek Sakakura  ...  Rescuer  
 Jay Mohr  ...  Billy  
 Richard Kind  ...  Christos  
 Matt Damon  ...  George Lonegan  
 Charlie Creed-Miles  ...  Photographer  
 Frankie McLaren  ...  Marcus / Jason  
 George McLaren  ...  Marcus / Jason  
 Lyndsey Marshal  ...  Jackie  
 Rebekah Staton  ...  Social Worker  


Trivia:
Several biographies describe how Clint Eastwood was stranded offshore in the ocean several days after his Navy training plane crashed. The experience is probably what helped him film the tsunami scene in Hereafter.


Soundtracks:
"Una Furtiva Lagrima" from "L'elisir D'amore" Written by Gaetano Donizetti Performed by Peter Dvorsky
Courtesy of Cobra Entertainment LLC By Arrangement with Source/Q


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA) -
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including disturbing disaster and accident images, and for brief strong language.
Run time: 129 minutes


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