Friday, May 13, 2011
Upon first seeing the trailer for this film, I thought, Clint Eastwood directing. Matt Damon starring. Yes please!
This movie gets off to one of the most incredible starts I have seen in years. So, of course after knowing who was behind the camera and in front and then that beginning which was so intense and visually stunning, I was intrigued and had high hopes. Honestly, the rest of the movie sagged and just dragged on and on.
Hereafter centers on the subject of death and how it is affecting three people, a journalist from France, a young boy in England and a factory worker in the United States. It begins with the French journalist Marie Lelay (Cecile de France) who, while on vacation, experiences a monumental disaster. That, as I mentioned earlier, being an amazing cinematic moment. We are then introduced to American blue collar employee George Lonegan (Matt Damon) who at one time was a renowned psychic/medium and decides to walk away from his gift to speak to the dead. London is where the viewer is introduced to twins Marcus and Jason. Their junkie mother has to go away then a death occurs of course.
It is actually a shame I do not have much to say about this movie. It is beautifully filmed with some very fine acting. There's just not much going for it. There is an especially stand out performance by Cecile De France. She brings much intensity to Marie Lelay that she is almost the center of the movie if it weren't for Matt Damon taking up the entire movie poster. Damon couldn't really do much in his role since George Lonegan wasn't really much anyway. But, seriously, how could he say no to a Clint Eastwood film. I certainly never would.
Thank you and see you at the next blog.