Number of Times Seen – 2 (1 Mar 2011 and 10 Jul 2018)
Brief Synopsis – Three people touched by death and questions about the afterlife try to find their place in the world while also searching for answers.
My Take on it – I have always been a fan of Clint Eastwood directed movies and recalled great things from this movie when I saw it 7 years ago.
The idea of the afterlife is one that many people including myself ponder and this film tries to show 3 characters just like us who also question what happens after we die.
Unfortunately, the three stories being told here simultaneously each feel disjointed in their own way and the choice as to how to connect all three just doesn’t work well enough because things feel much to forced.
The performances are ok here, but Matt Damon definitely feels out of place here in this role despite the fact that he usually is able to give us very profound performances.
This film leaves too much of the storyline in very esoteric places which takes away from the enjoyment of it since its much more difficult to try and fully appreciate what Eastwood attempted with this film.
On the other hand, The special effects of this film are amazing and besides the pivotal scene in The Impossible (2012), this film’s opening scene is one of the most breathtaking scenes involving water ever filmed
Bottom Line – Great idea that just doesn’t work well at all. The three stories feel too disjointed and the way that they are connected feels too forced. Damon is usually quite good but his performance is also lacking here. I’m a big fan of Eastwood’s work as director, but this film has too much up in the air in order to fully appreciate what he attempted with this film. The special effects in the opening scene are breathtaking to watch unfold.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Several biographies describe how Clint Eastwood was stranded offshore in the ocean several days after his Navy training plane crashed. The experience is probably what helped him film the tsunami scene in Hereafter. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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