Film Review - Hereafter

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Film Review by Allen Henriquez

Hereafter (2010)

 

Director: Clint Eastwood

Writer: Peter Morgan

Cinematographer: Tom Stern

Music: Clint Eastwood

Cast: Matt Damon, Cecile de France, Bryce Dallas Howard

 

The story explores the spirit world of those living persons who for varies reasons have: non-delusional, sober, and truthful, interactions with the dead.

The seeming absurdness to the story line falls flat, and the brutal truth of what many of us hope for “a life after death” makes a quick visitation into our beliefs and cultures. The film isn’t a docudrama offering bizarre scientific theory on life after death, instead it’s a sensitive and touching drama.

The film gives us three characters with continued experiences into the phenomenon of communicating with the afterlife. A French journalist is in a beach resort when a Tsunami hits. The journalist survives the disaster, but: clinically returned after a near drowning, which gives evidence that for a short period of time she was not functioning. The character, Marie, had visions of the life after death and continues to experience thoughts and ideas that drive her in another career direction.

The character Marcus had a twin brother who is killed in London while running an errand for his alcoholic mom, when a scuffle results in his death. However, Marcus continues to interact with his twin brother.

George is a construction worker in America, who indulgences his money marketing brother, who wants to turn a profit on George’s ability to communicate with the dead. George however can no longer function with a gift that for him is a curse. George sees an escape and takes it, a trip to London, to take a tour that celebrates Charles Dickens; his hero. The beauty of the story comes together not in a tragic way like Thorton Wilder’s novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey.  The three characters cross paths in London for a heart-felt conclusion.


Submitted: June 01, 2020

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