Friday, January 14, 2011

Movie Review: Hereafter

Hereafter is a brilliant movie that shows different stories and smoothly connects them at the end. That is the way I am describing Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter that stars Matt Damon as a psychic trying to end his past life and wanting to have a normal one. But in the end he cannot stop the fate and pursue the gift/curse and live with it.

The drama-suspense movie gives the viewers a bite of different stories, which in my opinion may bore others, but one thing I know each character has a very interesting story to tell. From the struggle of George Lonegan (Damon) to turn his back from the gift to communicated to the departed which for him is curse, to Marie Lelay (C├ęcile de France) who experienced life after death and seeking for answers and to Marcus (Frankie McLaren) who wanted closure and connection to his departed twin brother Jason (George McLaren). Hereafter is a conversational movie, which most of us is expecting it to be a horror type like the 6th Sense and Ghost, but honestly its not it is more a drama focusing on the problems and dilemmas of each characters. It is a beautiful movie; it gives us a bigger perspective on the story, deleting the concept of villain and hero in the movie as separate entity but each characters shows a hero and villain side inside them.

Technically, I love the way the movie was shot especially the camera angles. The long or wide shots which are common in Thailand and London scenes gives the viewers see the action from tsunami and the struggle of George. Tight shots and the one taken from the back of the characters gives as the view of a second person following the journey of each character and make us understand their problems. The texture of the movie, the gloomy and sad feel summarizes the core idea of Hereafter, a sad, long and heartbreaking movie.

Hereafter is a feel good movie but unlike others it will not make us laugh or fall in love. It is a feel good movie for those who wanted to be independent, needs strength and inspiration to face problems and accept what was lost and moving on.

Hereafter will be showing in all cinemas nationwide beginning January 19. It is distributed by Warner Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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