Hereafter

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6.42 h 8 min2010X-RayPG-13
The lives of a retired psychic, a French tsunami survivor and a London schoolboy intersect, forever changed by what they believe might — or must — exist in the hereafter.
Directors
Clint Eastwood
Starring
Matt DamonCécile De FranceJay Mohr
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SuspenseDrama
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Bryce Dallas HowardGeorge McLarenFrankie McLarenThierry NeuvicMarthe Keller
Producers
Clint EastwoodKathleen KennedyRobert Lorenz
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WARNER HOME VIDEO
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PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Double HappinessReviewed in the United States on April 29, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
VERY BORING
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SPOILER ALERT.

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.
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ProfessorReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
An engrossing and thought-provoking film
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There are several references to Charles Dickens in "Hereafter," appropriate because Dickens' work has been criticized for being non-philosophical and overly sentimental.
Some critics have written similar things about this movie, saying that it doesn't explore the topic of the afterlife deeply enough, doesn't provide any answers, is mawkish, and doesn't have a stunning finale.

Baloney. Ignore the cynical, condescending critics and enjoy a great film.

Clint Eastwood, in his 80's, has undoubtedly been thinking about mortality, but rather than slamming us over the head with some kind of psychic thriller, he gives us a thoughtful, beautifully scripted film that deals with its subject in an even-handed and straightforward way. Yes, it's emotional, sometimes sad, but it will keep you watching.

The final act, which takes place in London, is perfect. It's not too coincidental to seem contrived. Rather, it gently reminds us that frequently, things happen for a reason. All is not random chaos.

Don't miss it. You might need a couple of tissues.

By the way, just to show moviegoers that he hasn't lost his cojones, Eastwood gives us an incredible tsunami disaster scene in the first five minutes. I have no idea how much of it is CGI, but it's astonishing to watch. It's like he's saying, "OK, you got your thrills, folks. Now, settle down and pay attention."

Great filmmaking.
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HelperReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Nice Story
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Love Matt Damon. He always brings me right into the character he plays. Like him much more than his side kick Ben Affleck. I enjoy psychic movies although there aren't many that are realistic as this. This almost convinced me there is a "Hear After." The characters were all pretty interesting and I liked the way they are all tied together. The little boy, the quiet twin seemed a bit psychic himself. I was very surprised to see Clint Eastwood directed this genre of movies. This seems to be a little implausible for him to get involved in, but I'd love to ask him why he chose to do this and not his usual story line. I liked this a lot andI do recommend it, if you like a nice story without all the loud music and violence. Except for the car scene with the other little boy; I had to turn away, but of course it had to happen to complete that part of the story.
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Thomas F HallReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Was disappointing
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First, all the scenes were dark. The NDE is about LIGHT! The portrayal of what people universally report in NDEs was missing from this movie--light, unconditional love, comfort, painlessness, omniscience, timelessness and the overwhelming post-NDE transformation of increased spirituality, compassion, connectedness, etc. was not mentioned or alluded to. It told about one grain of sand on the beach, to use a metaphor. I love Matt Damon and Clint Eastwood. Matt's performance was good, but the story left me wanting and disappointed. It would have been possible to give more glimpses of what thousands of people report the world over about the afterlife without "telling you what to think," as Matt put it in an interview I heard.
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Toshifumi FujiwaraReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
especially the Dirty Harry series
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It may seems a strange film coming from Clint Eastwood, but you'll be surprised how it actually nails down the genuine essential spine that go through all the films he directed, as well as a few films he stared (actually, especially the Dirty Harry series, in which Harry is obsessively fearful that his partners always keep getting killed): how experiencing 'death' can transform our lives, how to face death, hence how can we humans can truly live.
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LeimyReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting Story that Dies before It Ends.
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This movie had a great cast and a terrific premise, that just couldn't carry things through to the end. It was lovely to see the story of three disparate people wind about, keeping you guessing what could possibly bring them together. It would have been nice to have a bid more of the back story for Mat Damon's character. It would have been nice to "see" the readings that so soured him on the gift he'd been given. Then, to have the relationship with the journalist finally begin with no indication why it would be different for him this time. That ending just looked like the authors just ran out of gas. Very disappointing.
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Antony SteeleReviewed in the United States on October 22, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
An excellent, rewarding, and thought provoking Movie.
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Very interesting and well done Movie, directed by Clint Eastwood. I thought Damon did a fantastic job as the conflicted "psychic", who received messages from the dead. Having what starts out as 3 separate stories from across the World and then all converge in the end in London, was simply marvelous. The technical CGI to support the killer Tsunami scene at the beginning of the movie was incredible. Big kudos to Derek Jacobi for playing himself in this movie, and to Clint Eastwood, who did a fantastic job in directing this fascinating and worthwhile movie. If the movie whetted your appetite at all for this subject matter, do some research on "George Anderson", who is the real life psychic who purportedly communicates with those who have "passed over". Interesting in the least.
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The MarkleReviewed in the United States on April 17, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Respect for psychic medium work in this film
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Excellent movie showing more how real psychic mediums behave. If you have ever studied the subject matter or experienced Spiritual communication yourself you will notice the writers knew a lot about this subject matter. Nice job done. Great how they try to give you the feeling of a real mediumship reading by not having silly hollywood background music at crucial times focusing the audience on the messages delivered. Very enjoyable.
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