#31 / 365 – ‘Hereafter’ – 129 mins
Cinema Challenge #13 / 115
A drama centered on three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways. George Lonegan (Matt Damon) is a blue-collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie (Cécile De France), a French journalist, has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. And when Marcus (George McLaren), a London schoolboy, loses the person closest to him, his Brother Jason (Frankie McLaren) 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.
So up next from Clint Eastwood’s very impressive film-making CV was his take on the afterlife, in this so-called supernatural drama.
After a hugely impressive opening sequence of a tsunami ravaging its way coastal town, and one in which disaster movie specialist Roland Emmerich would be proud of, the film settles down with its three intersecting stories. This is when the problems start to arise as these stories all seem to be to messy along with the given subject on hand here, the culprit for this is Peter Morgan’s undeveloped script that is all too flat at times, which is surprising as this the talented scriptwriter who wrote the brilliant ‘Queen’ and the very underrated ‘Frost/Nixon’.
Matt Damon put’s in a good if rather restrained performance as physic George, along Melanie (Bryce Dallas Howard) where Eastwood does shine primarily well in one the films memorable and touching sub-plots involving where the pair meets at cooking class and too which there’s an instant connect and as romance tries to blossom, ultimatly it never can.
There is brilliant use of the camera in one scene when George’s face is partially shadowed whilst he gives one of his readings, highlighting great use of dark and light tones.
Hereafter isn’t the worst film of the year, but it is certainly the worst to come of late from master film-maker Clint Eastwood, who always associate with such perfection in his work. Well I guess we all have an off day at times and Clint has certainly had one here. Lets hope his next project of the J. Edgar Hoover Biopic out in 2012, brings back the greatness.