Movie Review – Hereafter (2010)


Year of Release: 2010

Stars:  Matt DamonCécile De France and Bryce Dallas Howard

Verdict: 2.75 / 5

The biggest and the most primal fear that a human mind has is that of death. Despite it being a certainty we tend to put it off and not think about it which actually does us a favor: it helps us Live! As Matt Damon says in the movie – “A life all about death; is no life at all.”

Hereafter has parallel stories running that are bound by a common thread which is death. All the tracks have characters that have either experienced death or have lost close ones to death. The movie shows us that death isn’t as scary as believed to be and that one has to put it behind so as to move on and live life.

Track no. 1 is about a French couple who were a victim of the Tsunami in Thailand. The girl dies and miraculously comes back to life and has a vision thereafter. Track no. 2 is of two twin brothers who share an extremely strong bond. Their track progresses when the older brother dies and the younger one tries all the psychic means possible to talk to his dead sibling. Track no. 3 is about a blue-collar worker who was once a great psychic and has a gift (or curse as he calls it) to communicate with the dead.

All three of them are battling with their own issues, French woman with her vision and seeking answers for the same, the boy with moving on in life & the man with living his life and the loneliness his gift/curse has ensued.

But the central and the most important character is played by ‘Destiny’ in the movie. Nope destiny isn’t just a name of yet another character. The parallel stories are brought together at one place by the mysterious ways of destiny. This leaves you thinking that no matter what you wanted to do or intended to achieve, destiny takes you exactly where you are supposed to be. In the end, everything is ok and in its place. A beautiful Arabic worddescribes the phenomenon – Maktub : It’s all written!

Not a spectacular movie but a feel good time pass.

Trivia:

  • IMDB Rating – 6.7 / 10
  • Filming shut down for a month in December 2009, as Matt Damon was filming The Adjustment Bureau.
  • In a February 2010 interview with the UK’s ‘Daily Telegraph’, Clint Eastwood described “Hereafter” as “…three different stories with people who have gone through some sort of stressful time and it’s about how they sort of converge together. Much like a lot of French movies have been in the past, where the stories kind of converge together, and destiny drives each person towards the other.”
  • Supporting actor Sarah Jane O’Neill (Rehab Patient) claims to be a real-life psychic and a world renowned Paranormal Investigator.
  • Several biographies describe how Clint Eastwood was stranded offshore in the ocean several days after his Navy training plane crashed. The experience is probably what helped him film the tsunami scene in Hereafter.
  • Shipped to theaters under the title “Heaven’s Playground”.
  • The trailer for the film features the song Lullaby performed by Sia Furler – written bySamuel Dixon and Sia Furler
  • The movie was pulled from theaters in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit in March 2011.
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