“Hereafter” Frustrating as Hell

Genres: Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Thriller
Running Time: 126 min.
Release Date: October 22nd, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG 13 for mature thematic elements including disturbing disaster and accident images and brief strong language.

Director: Clint Eastwood

JJ Rating: B-

See it again: No way.
Own it: No way.
Recommend it to: Anyone that finds the life after death interesting. Those that dislike excessive talking, stay away.

George Lonegan (Matt Damon) is a psychic who leaves the business voluntarily, because it’s emotionally too much. Billy (Jay Mohr), his brother, tries to get him to get back in. He doesn’t want to and yells at people who say he should help them. Hereafter.

I thought that the story lacked interest outside of concept. Integrating real events in the past ten years to push an idea of what might happen when we die was creative and made it feel real. However, it dragged and I yawned mentally and physically too many times.

The best and strongest story in Hereafter was the twins (played by George and Frankie McLaren). It moved me emotionally because of their great acting and Clint Eastwood’s directing. The problem with all three storylines was how they teased at going somewhere instead of getting anywhere, too many generalities and not enough specifics. There are theories and it’s good to push a theory or two or something…other than giving nothing under the guise of something. I don’t like being toyed with as if it was a huge trailer for after death.

Bland, not as creative as the trailer led on and totally ugh-ing. I wanted more than a carrot hanging out of reach. When George talked about the dead loved ones, he missed the care and the emotional touch to convey what a loved one said. It’s as if those that speak to the dead have to be dead themselves. How lame.

If it were possible to speak to the dead, then the dead would be livelier than the living because they wouldn’t feel the stresses of life any more. Meaning they’d have more upbeat things to say, more cheer and they’d be willing to pass it on to those that live. Why not? They have nothing to worry about.

Why is every single Clint Eastwood movie slow, methodical and almost on the brink of lulling me to sleep? I guess I’ll get an answer to that question when I get an answer to why does Sean Penn not smile. What is wrong with these people? They have all this prestige, money and power and all they do is spread misery through what is supposed to be entertaining? Some people might market it as thinking, but that would mean there was something they were offering that was worth thinking about.

The acting in Hereafter was decent-good and the best acting happened with, as I said, the twins. With their storyline I teared up because of their acting. The other interesting thing about Hereafter was Cecile De France’s hair. I stared at it with amazement every single time she was on the screen. I have never seen hair that just defies gravity and bed head like that. It was beautiful and amazing. I couldn’t get over the body and the fluff. Wow.

Yes, hair was more interesting than 90% of the film. So much potential to see and feel, but we had to follow a character that did neither with a gift to give others a since of comfort from who they lost. It was baffling, really. I hope to never see it again as long as I live or even after I live. On the way to my death destination the in flight movie had better not be Hereafter. I will raise hell.

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