Peter Morgan and Clint Eastwood
If someone close to you has recently passed away, this is not the movie for you.
Hereafter is a movie all about death. It takes an intimate look at three characters; a blue-collar American (Matt Damon), a French journalist (Cécile De France), and a poor London schoolboy (Frankie and George McLaren) and how they have been touched by death in their lives.
Starting out slowly and never picking up the pace, this movie makes it nearly impossible to not fall asleep half-way through. It jumps from character to character, showing what is going on in their life, which may be the only thing that kept me interested and watching to see what would happen next.
Walking in to the theater and expecting a movie with some action, as depicted in the commercials, and getting one with a very somber, depressing setting was a complete let down. It was the equivalent of expecting Live Free or Die Hard and getting P.S. I Love You, two completely different films.
My grandmother recently passed away, and this movie did nothing to help my current frame of mind. In the beginning of Hereafter, almost every scene has some major disaster happen that leaves you expecting someone to die in every following scene after. George Lonegan (Damon) was a mean-spirited person with a gift that could help people move on from losing their loved ones, but who chose to turn away from this gift and deny anyone who wanted his help, no matter their age or how much they offered him.
It was hard to watch someone be so harsh when dealing with people in their most vulnerable times.
Hereafter did nothing to put my mind and heart at ease. I believe every movie should take you on a little two-hour vacation, leaving the worries of your everyday life out of mind. Instead, it brought me back to thinking of how much I miss my grandmother.
With the amount of money we now pay to go see a movie, Hereafter was not even worth the ticket price, let alone the popcorn, soda and candy one must buy to fully enjoy their little vacation.
I gave it: two stars
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