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HEREAFTER

A 2010 movie directed by Clint Eastwood.

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What is after death? Wrong question!

  • Mar 2, 2011
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Hereafter is a movie I saw right after Sunset Limited. Both deal with death and human’s survival in the world. Hereafter is a movie that attempts to answer the question about life after death although its focus is on those who survived and their attachment to close people who had passed on.


Matt Damon is the psychic who gets his vibes from people through the sense of touch. He “hears” what the dead had to say to those who are seeking them. I’m pretty sure psychic exists but I have yet met one. Nor do I expect to meet one. I do get vibes from unknown sources when something bad in the world is going to happen (ie. Hundreds of people are going to die due to unnatural causes at the same time, mostly earthquakes, terrorism or plane crashes). Normally, I will feel extremely stressed, like I’m carrying some heavy burden on my back for a few days or a week; nothing related to personal stress or occupational stresses. Over the years I’ve come to trust it and to try to listen to what it’s going to tell me. I’d share with friends and colleagues and to foretell as some big event will happen within a period of 8 weeks from the first day I experienced that uneasy feeling. The Turkey earthquake, the 9-11 terrorist attacks and the China mudslides are some of those time that fall within the  8-weeks interval. I remembered them well as for no reasons I was in bad mood and argued with friends (which had not even antagonized me to begin with!). Although I had no clear idea of what the event will entail or where it will happen or when it will happen. All I do know is many will die! :(
 
So, telepathic vibrations do exist and there are many things which we do not understand about the dimension of time and space. How much do we really know about the souls and the body is still a big question. Death is a technical and medical term. Religions of different kinds have us believed in different theologies about life and death. Hence, we have different realities of life and death. Of course, we lose the functioning of our physical bodies and mind when we die. But, do we lose our souls and our existence? Well, this movie doesn’t answer this very important question. I doubt if anyone could, except for those who have had near-death experiences. That’s where the movie based its premise on.


 
For a movie that attempts to answer the impossible, it’s quite well done. I was entertained throughout and it didn’t feel like a horror movie as did many films that cover this theme. No answer about hereafter, but rather, here. It is in living in the presence that humans thrive, is it not? Death comes in a few seconds or minutes. Life? A whole lifetime! 

The film does attempt to resolve how the living cope with the loss of someone close to them and as soon as they accepted that loss they will be able to get on with life. In that context, it is reasonably well done!

What is after death? Wrong question! What is after death? Wrong question!

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March 02, 2011
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review by . October 21, 2010
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review by . December 27, 2011
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review by . October 26, 2010
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review by . May 01, 2011
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review by . October 30, 2010
HEREAFTER is an engrossing but frustrating film. My interest was held throughout, yet when it was all over, I was extremely disappointed in how little my interest added up to.    Directed by Clint Eastwood, HEREAFTER would appear to be exploring the old question "what happens to us after we die," but really it is a character study of a couple of folks who have very atypical experiences with death. Ultimately, it isn't terribly meaningful because it is NOT universal.    The …
review by . October 20, 2010
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review by . October 23, 2010
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Quick Tip by . April 13, 2011
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While I liked the story and the themes being dealt with in Hereafter, I couldn't help but feel somewhat disappointed with the screenplay which feels somewhat exploitative in the way it utilizes contemporary events such as the London subway terrorist bombings and the 2004 tsunami as well as the concept of mediums. I couldn't help but feel that I was watching a film that much like the spiritualist revival movement after WWI wanted to instill its viewers with hope and a belief in the afterlife, …
Quick Tip by . November 19, 2010
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  • Opened October 15, 2010 (Limited NY-LA-Toronto 10/15; Opens Wide 10/22) | Runtime:2 hr. 6 min.
  • PG-13
    Mature thematic elements including disturbing disaster and accident images, and for brief strong language
  • An American laborer (Matt Damon), a French journalist (Cécile de France) and a London schoolboy set out on a spiritual journey after death touches their lives in different ways.
  • Cast: Matt Damon, Cécile De France, Daniel McLaren, Jay Mohr, Bryce Dallas Howard
  • Director: Clint Eastwood
  • Genres: DramaSupernatural Drama
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    Director: Clint Eastwood
    Genre: Drama
    Release Date: October 20, 2010 limited
    MPAA Rating: PG-13
    Screen Writer: Peter Morgan
    Runtime: 129 minutes
    Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
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