Hereafter Movie Review

February 4, 2011

Hereafter Movie Review

I didn’t know much about Hereafter but was definitely intrigued by the premise: what happens after you’ve been touched by death? Directed by Clint Eastwood with a great cast: Matt Damon is brilliant in everything he does and gorgeous French actress Cecile de France is someone I’ve always thought to be a huge talent so was thrilled to see her in her first Hollywood role.

It’s safe to say Hereafter is one of my top 10 worst movies of all time. Towards the end I was laughing deliriously at just how bad it was. And I couldn’t make sarcastic comments to my fiance – because he loved it!

My first clue should have been Clint Eastwood. I’m just not a fan of most of his movies, such as Mystic River and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I find them cliched, over acted, formulaic. And Hereafter is right up there.

It follows three people, an American psychic (Damon), a popular French TV presenter (de France) and a young boy in London (played by twins George and Frankie McLaren) who are all touched by death. There’s a particularly vivid opening scene set in the Asian tsunami which brings it all back. The film centres around their personal struggles until their stories intertwine.

The acting is so wooden! It’s hard to believe this is Matt Damon, who did such an amazing job in True Grit. He moves around the screen like a big lump, almost like a zombie. Cecile de France is lovely to look at (with fabulous French hair) but her character is ridiculous. And Eastwood’s treatment of London is straight out of Oliver, all exaggerated accents and muted 70’s colours.

The way their journeys collide is utterly absurd. If you believe in fate then it might resonate with you, but I found it very silly.

But I seem to be in the minority, not just with my fiance who thought it was an amazing film but most reviews are also hugely positive.

So I’m curious to know what you think of it?

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