Review – Hereafter

The subject of death and grief in hands of a great director like Clint Eastwood, where can you go wrong? Everywhere unfortunately, ‘Hereafter’ is a real mess of a film that has a limp story, no real direction, average performances and a bloated running time. ‘Hereafter’ is the story of 3 different people, a retired medium George (Matt Damon), a French journalist Cecile (Marie De France) and a boy Marcus (Frankie McLaren) who are all touched by death in different ways.

Director Clint Eastwood has delivered a disappointing film that had a lot of potential considering the subject matter. The story has no direction and the interconnecting stories of the characters are not engaging enough to propel the story forward. This is made even more frustrating by the running time at just over 2 hours, it becomes a real drag.

All the performances are wooden with the actors looking confused as to what they’re supposed to be doing. The big problem with this film is that it can’t decide what kind of film it wants to be, it jumps from drama to the supernatural to a bit of romance at the end and none of it seems to work.

‘Hereafter’ is Clint Eastwood on autopilot; this film is merely an afterthought.


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