Screen Junkies » Hereafter http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 26 Sep 2014 21:02:10 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘Hereafter’ Pulled From Japanese Movie Theaters http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hereafter-pulled-from-japanese-movie-theaters/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hereafter-pulled-from-japanese-movie-theaters/#comments Mon, 14 Mar 2011 18:27:13 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=201463 The film, which opens with a Tusnami destroying a Japanese resort, has been pulled out of respect for the country.

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Warner Brothers has decided to pull its film Hereafter from about 180 Japanese movie theaters in the wake of this past week’s disasters. The film, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Matt Damon, opens with a terrifyingly realistic Tsunami destroying a Japanese resort. The film, out of DVD tomorrow in the states, opened last month in Japan, and it seems only fair to end its Japanese release in light of the tragedy that has befallen its people. (Deadline)

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Review: ‘Hereafter’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-hereafter/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-hereafter/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Hereafter is a Final Destination movie with the air of respectability that Clint Eastwood commands, but absolutely no fun. Clint Eastwood doing Final Destination may sound awesome, but this is...

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Hereafter is a Final Destination movie with the air of respectability that Clint Eastwood commands, but absolutely no fun. Clint Eastwood doing Final Destination may sound awesome, but this is a movie just designed to make you feel miserable.

French television reporter Marie LeLay (Cecile De France) survives a disaster in South America and has a near death vision. Pre-teen British twins Marcus and Jason (Frankie and George McLaren) have a heroin addict for a mother and questions about what happens when you die. George Lonegan (Matt Damon) is a psychic who has the answers, but doesn’t give them anymore, except for when his brother Billy (Jay Moher) talks him into reading a friend so the audience can see what he does.

This isn’t one of those cathartic movies like The Notebook or Monster’s Ball where the film actually deals with dark subjects in a productive way. These three stories are just plodding, mundane sorrow. Oh, look at all the tragedy befalling those cute, wise-beyond-their-years kids. Look at the burden this power places on George. Look how spiritual doubts tear Marie apart.

Also, the three stories are just boring. They really milk the druggie mom well into the second act. Come on, already. To get out more, George takes a cooking class where he’s paired with Melanie (Bryce Dallas Howard). As these two sad losers get to know each other’s sadness, you realize there are still two other awful stories to get back to.

Billy is purely a device to give exposition about George. Every time he appears, he mentions all the experiences George had in the past, in the context of “this time will be different” but it’s still artificial. The pain a true psychic would feel facing grieving moms could be poignant. It was when that subject was dealt with in The Gift. Just tossing in a throwaway scene here is cheap.

The big disaster is presented in that matter of fact no frills Eastwood style. The CGI still looks fake, especially in the muted tones in which he shoots film. It’s a scary accident though. Those people are in trouble. The other near death experiences are so contrived they wouldn’t even belong in the prologue of a “Six Feet Under” episode.

The film makes no contribution to the spiritual movement. In fact, it sets the movement back by removing any possibility from it. It’s just vague enough so they don’t have to offer any real inspiration. Yet they specify something with the blurry Hereafter-vision. Then they try to get away with a childlike point of view, as if it’s all innocent. Listen, if you’re going to offer a philosophy, then commit to it. If you’re not, you’d better ask some more probing questions than this movie does.
 

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Clint Eastwood’s ‘Hereafter’ Trailer Features Matt Damon and Tsunamis http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/clint-eastwoods-hereafter-trailer-features-matt-damon-and-tsunamis/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/clint-eastwoods-hereafter-trailer-features-matt-damon-and-tsunamis/#comments Fri, 10 Sep 2010 23:44:07 +0000 Reza F. Warner Bros has dropped the new trailer for Clint Eastwood‘s Hereafter. It tells the story of three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways. One of them is...

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Warner Bros has dropped the new trailer for Clint Eastwood‘s Hereafter. It tells the story of three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways. One of them is Matt Damon, who talks to the dead. Another is French journalist, who has a near death experience by almost drowning. And the last is a London schoolboy, who loses someone close to him and wants answers. He asks Damon for help and gets yelled at. Don’t you know that the power he possesses is a curse, not a gift?! Scram, Kid!

Aw, don’t worry. I’m sure he’ll eventually contact his dead whomever for him.

Hereafter materializes in theaters October 22, 2010.

Check out the trailer after the jump…


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Hereafter http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/hereafter/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/hereafter/#comments Fri, 10 Sep 2010 23:39:37 +0000 Reza F.   Director: Clint Eastwood Cast: Matt Damon, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jay Mohr, Cecile De France, Richard Kind Synopsis: A supernatural thriller centered on three people -- a blue-collar American, a French journalist and a London school boy -- who are touched by death in different ways. Release Date: October 22nd, 2010

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Director: Clint Eastwood

Cast: Matt Damon, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jay Mohr, Cecile De France, Richard Kind

Synopsis: A supernatural thriller centered on three people — a blue-collar American, a French journalist and a London school boy — who are touched by death in different ways.

Release Date: October 22nd, 2010

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