Hereafter / Au-Dela (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]
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Genre master Clint Eastwood tries something different with the languid, introspective Hereafter--and succeeds (for the most part). All of the characters at the heart of Peter Morgan's screenplay, which has the feel of a European art film, have suffered a loss or survived an ordeal. They feel disconnected from those who can't relate, which is most everybody. George Lonegan (Matt Damon, Invictus), a Bay Area factory worker, developed psychic powers after a childhood illness but just wants to lead a normal life, despite his brother Billy's efforts to turn him into a John Edwards-like celebrity (Jay Mohr plays Billy). Marie LeLay (the versatile Cécile De France), a TV reporter, emerges unharmed from 2004's Indian Ocean earthquake, only to find her Parisian existence slipping away from her (the tsunami sequence that opens the film is frightfully convincing). And in London, soft-spoken 12-year-old Marcus (Frankie McLaren) loses his twin, Jason (George McLaren), only to end up in foster care. While George reaches out to a lovely, if insecure woman (the overly jittery Bryce Dallas Howard) he meets in a cooking class, Marie writes a book about her experience, and Marcus seeks spiritual guidance. In a Babel-like turn of events, all three find themselves in the United Kingdom, where they cross paths, but what sounds contrived plays out in a surprisingly believable fashion. Eastwood and Morgan (The Queen) don't presume to know what happens after death, suggesting instead that those who search for answers deserve something other than disrespect and derision. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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We live in the same world, undergo similar experiences, and respond to those experiences in different ways. Some of those experiences offer insights into something more that lies beyond the everyday reality you can see, hear, feel or touch.
A female French tv journalist has a near death experience in an island resort in a tsunami which jolts her out of her ordinary everyday reality. A 12 year old London boy who copes with the sudden death of his twin brother goes into foster care while his mother goes into rehab, and seeks answers, and Matt Damon plays a reluctant 'real' psychic in San Francisco who people seek in their quest for answers. He has the gift which he considers a curse. If you are like me, as you watch you wonder if there is an invisible thread that will somehow connect these three stories, and their paths will somehow cross.
Hereafter shows a major shift in direction for Clint Eastwood, and Matt Damon. All of Clint Eastwood movies tend to be grounded in reality, whereas Hereafter moves to a metaphysical level. Some people who usually like Clint Eastwood movies won't like this transition. So, you have been warned. Matt Damon often plays action heroes, not renowned for their psychic abilities.
Matt Damon plays a blue collar worker who has spurned his intuitive gift in favor of labor. He used to be a famous psychic, but now chooses to be anonymous and his brother encourages him to return to this potentially lucrative life.Read more ›
Of course Matt Damon is excellent as always but in Hereafter he plays such a vulnerable character that you forget that he can also play Jason Bourne or Will Hunting. This is not an action movie, it's a movie that puts you in touch with your feelings and beliefs, and helps you see the complexity of everyone around you.
You will enjoy this movie.
This movie wasn't exactly what I expected. It was very slow moving and since the three characters don't connect until close to the end of the movie, it seemed even more slow. Also, I found the scenes shot in France with English subtitles annoying. The movie would have flowed better if all the dialogue was in English. Also, some of the movie was just so unrealistic - I mean, how does a little boy get enough money to meet with all of these (fake) psychics?
The best part of this movie was the acting; all of the actors were excellent, especially Matt Damon and Frankie & George McLaren.
I would actually be inclined to give this movie 2 1/2 stars if that was allowed. I didn't hate it, but I did feel it was something of a waste of time; it didn't bring anything new to the concept of life after death.
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great movie about after death and coming back. a little keepyPublished 3 months ago by Manon Shokoff
quality and shipping of product itself was good. the movie.... not so great.Published 3 months ago by Amber Ranger
To me, this is Clint Eastwood's masterpiece. The casting is perfect and the story-telling is spellbinding.Published 9 months ago by Guy Charlebois
As other reviewers have already mentioned, this movie is very slow-paced and the three main characters don't actually connect until the last few minutes of the movie. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Geraldine
This is a movie with 3 different plot lines that converge at the end. Thought provoking and entertaining. Best to watch this movie with no distractions.Published 21 months ago by Tom Cain
Not really enough of a story. It could have ended with more pizzazz.Published 22 months ago by Alice Pepper
What would you expect with Matt Damon and Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood. You'd expect a great movie and that's what this was. Read morePublished on July 28 2013 by GuitarMan
I guess I was expecting some sort of afterlife story like What Dreams May Come and because if it I was very disappointed. Read morePublished on May 31 2013 by bngmcq