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22nd October
2010
written by Adam

Tormented and tired of what feels like a burden, the world’s most effective and sought after spiritual medium, George Lonegan (Matt Damon), has made the decision to call it quits to try and lead a “normal life.”  Halfway around the world a French journalist, Marie LeLay (Cecile De France), has a near death experience when a Tsunami strikes a tropical island she’s vacationing on. In roughly the same time frame a young boy named Marcus (George McLaren) loses his twin brother in a tragic accident.  All are seeking closure to some degree when they are coincidentally brought together, but all bets are off. Will Marie’s questions about the hereafter be answered? Will Marcus gain closure regarding the loss of his brother; and, will George find peace with his abilities and find someone who accepts him for who he is? Directed by Clint Eastwood Hereafter takes on a slow burn pace, carefully and artfully laying out the foundation for a film that’s hard to place into one single genre; mainly straight up drama but touched with action, romance, suspense, and the supernatural. This hybrid quality alone may make the film a little difficult for American audiences to palate considering how the film has been marketed more so as a suspense thriller. But fear not, Eastwood’s eye for detail and artistic sensibilities shine through to make for a provocative watch. Meanwhile performances from the ensemble are notable, often crossing from French to English and back without short changing or linguistically cheating either side. From an effects standpoint of view the film is also a success, but this shouldn’t come as a surprise given the fact that Steven Spielberg is titled as an executive producer on the project. Worth seeing. Hereafter is rated PG-13.

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