Entertainment Magazine> Film> 2010> "Hereafter"

Hereafter- A Deathly Experience

By Miv Evans

Death is one of the most fascinating and querulous subjects that mankind has to wrestle with and, while we don't expect films to rewrite the mandate of heaven to give us answers, we do expect insights and fresh food for thought but, disappointingly, Hereafter supplies neither.

The writing remains uninspired throughout with events presented in such a matter of fact way that the ethereal world it tries so hard to be a part of is diminished and the tone never moves beyond prosaic.  It's most definitely a deadly experience, but not, methinks, in the way the filmmakers intended.

Marcus and Jason are English twins.  Their mother is a drug addict and when Jason is killed in a car accident Marcus is put into foster care (this storyline is watchable).  Marie Lelay, a French holidaymaker, is swept away by a tsunami.  She has a near death experience but is revived and returns to her job as a TV Anchorwoman in Paris (this storyline drags).

George Lonegan, an American, used to be a medium but felt his gift was a curse and opted out of the psychic world (this storyline makes time stand still).

Ensemble pieces must be inextricably bound or they fail, and the only link that these three stories have is a connection to death, which is far too general and makes each tale seem like a stand-alone, so much so that when we first cut from the young boy's story to the French woman, it feels like a flashback.

There is, of course, an attempt to connect the three but it's painfully contrived and not the road to Damascus experience we expect from a spiritual encounter.

Most of the actions of the characters seem unlikely and one particularly incongruous story thread is George's relationship with a very irritating young lady he meets at a cookery class (why cookery, I have no idea).

There is a food tasting scene that plays out more like a bad reality show than anything else but, with Bobby 'Bacala' from the Sopranos as the Chef, there is a touch of gangster chic when he picks up his carving knife to slice up the filet mignon and it's the most entertaining moment in the entire film.   

A supernatural thriller centered on three people -- a blue-collar American, a French journalist and a London school boy -- who are touched by death in different ways. From Warner Bros.

International Film Release Dates 

Canada: 12 September 2010 (Toronto International Film Festival) (premiere)
USA: 10 October 2010 (New York Film Festival)
USA: 14 October 2010 (Chicago International Film Festival)
USA: 15 October 2010 (limited)
USA: 22 October 2010 Opens in theaters nationwide
Italy: 5 January 2011
Spain: 21 January 2011
Germany: 27 January 2011
UK: 28 January 2011

Hereafter Web Site:

www.hereafter-themovie.com

Hereafter Movie Trailer

Watch the Official "Hereafter" movie trailer from Hulu. Click on the white triangle to start the movie.

You only get one chance to make a first impression and we first meet Marie Lelay when she is in bed with her lover.  She gets up, pulls on a pair of jeans over what she slept in and goes shopping.  We all know why the French make all that strong perfume but don't they clean their teeth either?  It's a worrying thought and when we get a close up of George taking Marie's hand, I couldn't help but wonder if she'd given it a rinse after her last visit to the restroom.              

Directed and produced by Clint Eastwood

Miv Evans is a British businesswoman who relocated to Los Angeles in 2005. She previously had a comedy drama commissioned by BBC TV and sold her first film to REN Media International in 2008 which she wrote, directed and produced.

Photo top: (L-r) BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD as Melanie and MATT DAMON as George Lonegan in Warner Bros. Pictures' drama "HEREAFTER," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Ken Regan.

Film Synopsis

Oscar® winner Matt Damon ("Good Will Hunting," "Invictus") stars in "Hereafter," directed by Academy Award® winner Clint Eastwood ("Million Dollar Baby," "Unforgiven") from a screenplay by two time Oscar® nominee Peter Morgan ("Frost/Nixon," "The Queen").

"Hereafter" tells the story of three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways. Matt Damon stars as George, a blue-collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie (Cecile de France), a French journalist, has a near-death experience that shakes her reality.

And when Marcus (Frankie/George McLaren), a London schoolboy, loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. Each on a path in search of the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might--or must--exist in the hereafter.

Hereafter Movie Reviews from Fandango

Click a link to read comments, reviews and ratings posted by Fandango fans. Join the discussion and post your feedback on this film online. Write a movie review and share it with others. Get the latest Fandango sweepstakes and promotional offers. Watch movies trailers of upcoming films.

Loading...

The film also stars award-winning French actress Cecile de France ("A Secret") as Marie, and twins Frankie and George McLaren. The international cast also includes Jay Mohr ("Street Kings," TV's "Gary Unmarried"), Bryce Dallas Howard ("Eclipse," "Spider-Man 3"), Marthe Keller, Thierry Neuvic and Derek Jacobi.

"Hereafter" is produced by Eastwood, multiple Oscar®-nominated producer Kathleen Kennedy ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Munich," "E.T.") and two-time Oscar® nominee Robert Lorenz ("Letters from Iwo Jima," "Mystic River"). Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, Peter Morgan and Tim Moore served as executive producers.

Behind the scenes, Eastwood reunited with his longtime collaborators, including director of photography Tom Stern, production designer James J. Murakami, editors Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach, and costume designer Deborah Hopper.

"Hereafter" was filmed entirely on location in Paris, London, Hawaii and San Francisco.

Warner Bros. Pictures Presents a Kennedy/Marshall Production, a Malpaso Production, "Hereafter." Slated for limited release on October 15, 2010 and opening wide October 22, 2010, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

This film has been rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including disturbing disaster and accident images, and for brief strong language.



Films in 2010

Film Home Page | Entertainment Magazine

© 2010 Film Entertainment Magazine / EMOL.org. All rights reserved.

Film Entertainment Magazine

MOVIE RENTAL DEALS

250x250 Geo Key
Go Fandango!

Buy Fandango Movie Tickets Online

Buy advance tickets to the Toy Story 1 and 2 Double Feature in 3D and get points for posters, DVDs and more!

Buy 1 movie ticket on Fandango and receive a second ticket to the same show free when you use your Visa Signature card.

Blockbuster

Blockbuster Total Access - 2 Week Free TrialTry BLOCKBUSTER Total Access FREE! Get the convenience of renting movies online with a choice of how to return them: send them back by mail or exchange them for new movies or discounted game rentals at participating BLOCKBUSTER® stores.

Netflix

Movies streaming instantly over the Internet to your PC, Mac or TV from Netflix. Instantly watch from thousands of TV episodes & movies streaming from Netflix. Try Netflix for FREE!

Disney Store

125x125 Disney OutletLinks to online only deals on costumes and entertainment. Outlet store discounts. Save up to 60% on collectibles. See this weeks deals at the Disney Store

RealPlayer Plus

RealPlayer PlusIt's everything people want in a media player including; pristine audio/ video playback, built-in music store, access to worldwide radio.

Receive RealPlayer Plus free with your free 14 day SuperPass trial.

Watch TV Online with SuperPass - 14 Day Free Trial

Hollywood Mega Store

Officially licensed products include celebrities, movies, sports, NASCAR, TV, Marvel, DC Comics and much more. Largest selection of Movie Night & Hollywood Theme Party Supplies, Decor, Favors, and unique items. Very popular Hollywood Trophies. Hollywood and Nostalgic Gift Sets and Gift Baskets. Favored Home Theater Decorations including Reels, Commemoratives, Cinema Lamps and more. Collector items including NECA Action Figures and Head Knockers, Shotglasses, Celebriducks, Tin Signs and Zippo Lighters. Most sought after Posters, Prints and Framed Celebrity Prints. Most popular celebrity, movie and music T-shirts. Hollywood theme T-shirts, Tote Bags and Caps. Very hot JH Design Jackets and Hoodies for men, women, and kids, in all sizes. Celebrity and Novelty License Plates. Rare Vintage License Plates. California Traffic & Street Signs.

MGM Movie Store

Official Shop of MGMShop for all of your MGM favorites at MGMStore.com - Rocky, Pink Panther, Stargate, and more! Celebrity and movie clothing, Toys & Games, Jewelry and more from MGM movie titles. Collectibles and Gifts.

Warner Bros. Store

Official Shop of Looney TunesShop at the Warner Bros. Shop: WBShop.com

Toys, games, clothing, posters and more from your favorite Warner Bros. characters like Tweety & Superman and from your favorite WB movies like Harry Potter