Sunday, April 10, 2011
Hereafter - DVD Review
Starring Matt Damon, Cecile de France, Jay Mohr, Bryce Dallas Howard and George McLaren. Directed by Clint Eastwood.
Eastwood's meditation on life after death was really heavy on the meditative part.
It starts with a brilliant tsunami sequence, in hindsight very realistic. A French woman is knocked unconscious swimming for safety and she sees the light, other beings, personal proof of life after death, but she doesn't know how to deal with the knowledge. Meanwhile there's a British boy desperately seeking answers after his brother is killed. Another meanwhile, there's an American (Matt Damon) who has the gift/curse of being able to communicate with the dead, but he does it in the method just like the phonies you see on infomercial or midnight radio.
The movie is oddly paced and while I won't say I was bored, there were pockets where it felt like it was trying to lull me into a trance. So when we have our storylines merge, I can't say I was satisfied. The "payoff" was more of a dreary shrug.