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*** Official HEREAFTER Review Thread


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#1 of 6 Patrick Sun

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Posted October 23 2010 - 02:12 AM

Death: it's always there, waiting for you, waiting for us all.  Some of your loved ones will surely die before you do, and leave you in unexpected ways, leaving unresolved issues stemming from such relationships. George (Matt Damon) is a psychic, bless/cursed with the ability to connect with people and their loved ones in the hereafter upon their deaths.  George struggles with his "gift" which sabotages his own inter-personal connections, making for a lonely life.  Marie, a French journalist with a rising star in the news show arena, has her own recent experiences with death, and her struggles to deal with it exact a professional cost.  Marcus, an English boy, also touched by an unexpected death and becomes psychologically adrift from the event after his home life has had the rug pullled out from under him.


This, perhaps, is Clint Eastwood's most "European"-flavored piece of filmmaking, and it's not just about the locales, but the style, the pacing, the flow of the various plotlines that intertwine and propel themselves at the pace of living.  It's one of those "it's the journey, not the destination" type of film that feels a bit on a slow side, but it does have a nice, mellow, but satisfying ending for a topic that seldom satisfies anyone.  It's not a frenetic ball of cinematic energy, but rather it just peels away, very methodically, layers of vulnerabilities until each character's truth finds its own way through. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it'll give you something to mull about afterwards.


I give it 3 stars, or a grade of B.


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#2 of 6 Robert Crawford

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Posted October 24 2010 - 05:09 AM

This thread is now the Official Review Thread for "Hereafter". Please post all HTF member reviews in this thread.

Any other comments, links to other reviews, or discussion items will be deleted from this thread without warning!

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#3 of 6 Aaron Silverman

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Posted October 25 2010 - 08:47 AM

Seriously, this forum needs to have a way to delete your own post. . .every time I try to edit this, it duplicates!  (EDIT: Ah, it finally worked. . .)


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#4 of 6 Aaron Silverman

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Posted October 25 2010 - 08:48 AM

Moved.


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#5 of 6 Aaron Silverman

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Posted October 25 2010 - 08:48 AM

Moved. (Double-posted somehow)


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#6 of 6 Rhett_Y

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Posted October 28 2010 - 09:57 PM



Originally Posted by Patrick Sun 

Death: it's always there, waiting for you, waiting for us all.  Some of your loved ones will surely die before you do, and leave you in unexpected ways, leaving unresolved issues stemming from such relationships. George (Matt Damon) is a psychic, bless/cursed with the ability to connect with people and their loved ones in the hereafter upon their deaths.  George struggles with his "gift" which sabotages his own inter-personal connections, making for a lonely life.  Marie, a French journalist with a rising star in the news show arena, has her own recent experiences with death, and her struggles to deal with it exact a professional cost.  Marcus, an English boy, also touched by an unexpected death and becomes psychologically adrift from the event after his home life has had the rug pullled out from under him.


This, perhaps, is Clint Eastwood's most "European"-flavored piece of filmmaking, and it's not just about the locales, but the style, the pacing, the flow of the various plotlines that intertwine and propel themselves at the pace of living.  It's one of those "it's the journey, not the destination" type of film that feels a bit on a slow side, but it does have a nice, mellow, but satisfying ending for a topic that seldom satisfies anyone.  It's not a frenetic ball of cinematic energy, but rather it just peels away, very methodically, layers of vulnerabilities until each character's truth finds its own way through. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it'll give you something to mull about afterwards.


I give it 3 stars, or a grade of B.


Patric I couldn't agree more.  There isn't a lot of action with the exception of the first 10-20 minutes.  I wouldn't say it is slow slow, but it is on the slower side when it comes to the pace of the film.  Was pleasing as a film.


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