HEREAFTER (2010 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.1|5.0 Starsìììì

Hereafter—definitely worth watching, not boring for even 1 of its 129 minutes—confirms the talents of Clint Eastwood as a terrific film director as well as completes what everyone knows, that Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon, The Last King of Scotland) is a superb writer. The film, well executed under Eastwood, brilliantly showcases the talents of its actors and actresses, makes one seriously think about life after death subject matter while successfully intertwining three stories into one narrative. Excellent casting choices include Matt Damon, Frankie McLaren, George McLaren, and Cécile De France (as Marie Lelay).

Storyline

Journalist Marie Lelay (Cécile De France) sits on a bed in a Thailand hotel room working. She gets up and tells her lover, Television Producer Didier (Thierry Neuvic) to get up; but, he wants to sleep for another half hour. So, Marie Lelay orders room service breakfast after which she goes to the local market stands to shop. The camera shows an ocean tidal wave approaching the beach and surrounding commercial district. As the tidal wave crashes through the town, Marie Lelay tries to save herself and a local girl. A boat hits Marie Lelay in the head, knocking her unconscious. While she is unconscious, she experiences visions of the afterlife. After house residents rescue her, she survives and goes on to research others’ afterlife experiences. Her life intertwines and overlaps the lives of psychic George Lonegan (Matt Damon) and foster child, Marcus (Frankie and George McLaren).

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Clint Eastwood for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Frank Marshall, Tim Moore, Peter Morgan, and Steven Spielberg for making the movie possible. Additional characters/cast include: Island Hotel Clerk (Cyndi Mayo Davis), Stall Owner (Lisa Griffiths), Island Girl (Jessica Griffiths), Rescuer (Ferguson Reid), Billy (Jay Mohr), Christos (Richard Kind), and Cooking Teacher Carlo (Steven R. Schirripa), Rescuer (Derek Sakakura), Billy (Jay Mohr), and Christos (Richard Kind).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This film is intriguing and presents an interesting after life scenario for contemplation.

Ben Meyers

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