The movies Clint Eastwood directs and produces -- would never have expected a film like Hereafter to be among them.
I discovered it at a book fair here in Bucharest, rummaging through a large crate of DVDs. Saw it was directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Matt Damon, and decided on the spot it was worth seeing.
I didn’t pay much attention to the title, Hereafter, or the artwork on the DVD case, showing little white figures meant to be us in the afterlife. Then, a few days later, read about the life between lives in Dave Stone's article here on Wizzley, and decided to see Hereafter.
I was pleasantly surprised while seeing the film, although not about the treatment about the "hereafter" theme. But more about that later.
Throughout most of the movie, screen time alternates between three distinct storylines: one about a French journalist who has a near-death experience during a tsunami in Asia, another about two twin brothers living in London, and yet another about a psychic turned blue-collar worker living in San Francisco. As expected, the three plotlines come together at the end. A little too fast, but it’s make-believe land, and in that land, it makes for a satisfying ending.
I remember the movie but don't remember the scene you mention. Maybe I should watch the movie again. Which I'll do at some point since I have the DVD.
Mira, It's an entertaining film, and it's charming to see the familial commitment of the twin to his brother and to his mother as well as the lasting impact of the tsunami, as more than being in the "right" place for the "right" big story, on the Frenchwoman. I found particularly poignant and prescient the scene where Matt Damon's character is trying to talk Bryce Dallas Howard's character out of a psychic read.
Yes, it's definitely worth watching! Thank you for your comment, Jennifer!
I love Clint Eastwood movies, but I haven't seen Hereafter. Based on your review I'll add it to my list to watch should the opportunity arise. I can imagine it's not perfect, but still worth checking out.
Thank you, Elias, for your comment. I didn't know about Hereafter, and was quite surprised to find it at the book fair. They didn't show it here in movie theaters, which is surprising, because it would have found an audience. Which reminds me to write about a Danish film, which they did show, and at the mall of all cinemas. Review coming soon :)
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Clint Eastwood has made some really good movies over the years so I was going to watch Hereafter anyway. However, I enjoyed tour review (but avoided the spoilers :) and the posotive feedback.
Thank you, Tolovaj, for your comment. I agree about Clint Eastwood. As for movies, oftentimes I don't have much time for them either, but luckily with DVDs I can watch them in segments. And every once in a while I discover one that I feel stands out in some way. Hereafter is one of those films.
I see we make similar decisions about movies:) Seeing Clint Eastwood as a director is always a good bet. I enjoy his work since spaghetti westerns and it seems he managed to really secure very special place among the top stars. Unfortunately in these days (months?) I don't have a lot of time for movies, even if they are so promising as Hereafter...
Thanks for heads up, I'll definitely put it on my to-do list!