This movie is about three strangers in three separate stories.
I WILL SAVE YOU THE TIME - - HERE IS MY SYNOPSIS OF THIS MOVIE.
(1) Marie is a French woman on vacation. (There is absolutely no purpose to the story for her being French - - it would have served the viewers much better if she were just an American - - because a large part of the movie involves her speaking French so that the viewers must read subtitles.) A sudden tsunami hits. Marie is chased by the tidal wave, thrown down, and forced under water. She definitely should have drowned. She is given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation by a stranger. She is unconscious and revived several times. Each time she is unconscious, she sees blurry white images. She comes to the conclusion that there definitely is a "hereafter." She writes a book about her experience. At the end of the movie, she is doing a book-signing.
(2) George (Matt Damon) is a psychic who can talk to the dead. He is the real thing. He had a website and made a lot of money doing readings, but he gave it up because it was too draining - - he found that he wasn't living if he was spending so much time around death. He believed that it is all a curse, not a gift. So, he gave up readings and took a job that paid very little, until he was suddenly downsized. With George out of a job, his brother (trying to get in on some money) suggests that he go back to doing readings, and that they can both work together in his office. George agrees, but then, he runs off at the last minute, escaping to a hotel. By chance, George runs into character # 3 (Marcus, below). At the end, George meets character # 1 (Marie, above) at her book-signing. George writes her a lengthy letter (we never actually know what the letter says) - - then they meet in a restaurant - - and we know by George's last psychic vision that the two become a couple. In between all of this, George had started taking a cooking class (we never know why - - boredom while unemployed, maybe) - - and while there, George met a woman whom he was not interested in, but she kept throwing herself at him, until they attempted to have dinner together, but instead, George ended up giving her a reading which greatly upset her so that we never see her character again. By the end of the movie, George is still unemployed.
(3) Identical twin boys (about 11 years old) have a single mother who is an alcoholic addict. Child Protective Services has been visiting the home regularly. The twins protect the mother from the service because they don't want to be taken away. The mother asks one of the twins to go to the drugstore to pick up her medicine. One boy (Marcus) says that he will go. The other boy (Jason) interrupts and says that he will go instead, because he knows that the other one has not done his homework and needs to stay home to do it. So, Jason goes to the drugstore, taking the mother's cellphone with him (just in case the pharmacist has a problem and needs to call home). While walking home with the medication in his hand, Jason calls Marcus on the cellphone, and they are talking together. A group of young boys are gathered at the corner. They see the medication in Jason's one hand and the cellphone in the other hand. The boys gather around Jason, teasing him, trying to get the medication and the cellphone away from him. As Jason runs away from them, he ends up in the street and is hit by a car. The entire time, Marcus is still connected on the cellphone and hears everything. He runs out of the house, running toward the drugstore. He sees Jason, lying on the floor in the street, with people gathered around him. It is too late. Jason is dead. After the funeral, the mother is sent away into rehab. Marcus is sent into foster care. Marcus cannot stand to go on without his twin, so he does a lot of research on the internet, trying to find a psychic who can connect with the dead. He steals money from the foster parents and uses it to meet with many psychics, all of which turn out to be obvious fakes, but he keeps trying to find a real one. At the end of the movie, Marcus accidentally runs into George at the book-signing. Marcus recognizes George from the internet and asks for a reading. George refuses, and literally runs away from Marcus. But Marcus will not give up, and he follows George to his hotel, until George gives in and gives him a reading (for free). The reading is that Jason is in a weightless, fun place, and that Marcus needs to move on with life. George takes Marcus home.
These three people are extremely unhappy. But, by the end of the movie, of course, there is a happy ending. George and Marie fall in love, obviously bonding over their beliefs in the hereafter. And Marcus is reunited with his mother as she is getting better and is being released from rehab, and he is ready to face life without his twin.
This movie was very boring. It was a surprise to me, because I watched the trailer first, and the trailer made the movie look like it was full of action. But, obviously, the trailer took every small interesting moment from the movie and threw it together - - I felt tricked - - I couldn't believe that that trailer was for this same movie. I love the topic of the "hereafter" - - but this movie didn't really get into that topic - - it was more about the sadness of the three characters and how they were trying to deal with their miserable lives.
I found it interesting that this movie did not get into any kind of religion, which you would expect with a movie of this topic. There were only a few very brief references to God.
I appreciated that the twins were played by real identical twins - - I don't appreciate when twins are played by one actor playing both roles.