Thursday, August 12, 2010

After.Life - DVD Review


Starring Christina Ricci, Liam Neeson, Justin Long, Josh Charles, Chandler Canterbury and Celia Weston.
Directed by Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo.

Half-hour premise stretched out to 90 minutes. We're waiting the whole time for the surely Twilight Zone ending, but it ends on a fairly ambiguous note.

Christina Ricci plays a young woman who gets into a car crash. She's awake, alive on the slab at the mortuary, where funeral director Liam Neeson is preparing her body. Or is she really dead? He seems to be the only one who can hear her.

It's largely a two-character a movie, but we get the occassional distraction from her histrionic fiance (Justin Long, who's better at comedy) and an unconvincingly mustachioed Josh Charles (The Good Wife). I go back to my original assertion. 30 minute premise, 90 minute movie. And the "twist" ending doesn't answer the one question that is the premise for the entire film.

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