Wednesday, 26 December 2012

'Hereafter' Film Review

Lured by the acting finesse of Matt Damon and a somewhat deep mysterious plot witnessed in the trailer, I decided to give this rather obscure and unknown movie a watch.

Marie (Cecile De France), is a French television journalist who experiences life after death in the South East Asia tsunami disaster of 2004 whilst on an assignment. Returning to life with so many questions, she takes a break to explore what might be beyond the living. 

Meanwhile, twins Marcus and Jason (Frankie and George Mclaren) live in a rough part of London with a drug addict mother. The two depend on each other and are so close that when Jason is hit by a van and dies, Marcus struggles to continue life without his older brother.

Now where does Matt Damon come in? He plays George Lonegan, a former psychic living in San Francisco who struggles with this 'curse' where he can communicate with the dead once a connection is established with someone close to them that is living. 

As the film progresses and darts back and forth between the three stories, it feels like an anthology of perspectives on death, dealing with it each in a different way, and the three people collide at a London Book Fair which attempts to join them up in some way, but the lack of any real climax lets the movie down.

The final scene was rather obscure and slightly tacky and felt a bit too Hollywood for a supposedly serious movie which is the opposite- it needed no romance but was chucked in somewhat desperately.

By the end of the movie, you wonder what this movie really was trying to get on about and you fail. Though a few questions might be asked and is a start for some sort of thought or discussion, it ultimately fails in entertaining and presenting issues which were deeper and less superficial than what we saw for the past two hours.

Matt Damon- George Lonegan
Cecile De France- Marie Lelay
Frankie Mclaren- Marcus/Jason
George Mclaren- Marcus/Jason

Also stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Thierry Neuvic and Jay Mohr.

The cast, led by Matt Damon and Cecile De France (who I assume is a famous actress in France) is average.

Directed by Clint Eastwood and produced by Steven Spielberg, I was rather disappointed in this movie which could have had so much potential. The opening scenes were so gripping that compared to the end, it was utterly flat, forced and meaningless.

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects (what?) which was completely unnoticeable, only perhaps for the tsunami sequence. Thankfully the right film ('Inception') won that award.

I would not recommend this movie as it doesn't really do anything for anyone. There are much better things to do with the two hours that this film lasts for. I watched it so you don't have to!

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