REVIEW: ‘Hereafter’

Director:
Clint Eastwood
Cast:
Matt Damon
Cécile De France
Bryce Dallas Howard
Frankie McLaren
George McLaren
Rated: R

Eastwood’s latest film starts off exciting, but becomes dull very fast.

The film follows the story of three different people, all of whom have dealt with death in one way or another. Damon’s character George is a man who used to be a big time psychic who is now just trying to live an ordinary life because of the grief he had to deal with in his job.

The next character is Marie Lelay played by Cecile De France, a French woman, who after having a near death experience in a tidal wave sets out to write a book about how seeing visions while entering death is scientifically backed up. And then we have the third story, it follows a young boy named Marcus who lost his brother Jason (Both the McLaren twins switched places with each other in these roles.)

The film continually shifts between these three story points going into each of the characters lives and the problems they have like George’s past as a psychic keeps coming up and ruining relationships and such. Marie’s job being in trouble since the publishers wanted her to write a different type of book, and Marcus having to move away from his mother after the death of his brother.

All three of these stories probably could have been better if they were their own films, but they just seemed mashed together here. The three stories feel very disjointed and even seem to be off in tone.

Additionally, George’s story is the only one that is actually interesting and has somewhat of an arc. The rest of the film is just monotone melodrama.

Damon also gave really the only memorable performance, too. While none of the other performances are bad, they just don’t breathe much life or personality into their roles.

The characters weren’t played poorly though, I thought both France and the McLaren twins did fine in acting however they just weren’t given enough to work with here.

Overall, this two hour and ten minute film just drags on to long. Mostly because of he two characters Marcus and Marie not having interesting plots. Sure they each have some nice bits like Marcus going to a bunch of fake psychics, however there is nothing that really goes into the real aspect of the film, death. I’ll give this one a very low pass with a low 2 out of 5 mainly because of Damon’s character and performance.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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