Monday, October 25, 2010

Hereafter (2010)

"What happens when we die?"

- Hereafter

Going into this film, I knew this was a different kind of movie. Since it's a film directed by Clint Eastwood, I knew this was a movie that was going to have meaning. I was right.

From the very beginning, this film captured my attention. The first couple of scenes were very intriguing and shocking at the same time. As the audience, you see what the characters sees as if you were in the situation yourself.

(Note: I won't ruin it for those who have not seen the movie, but let's just say there are situations depicted in the film where you think will never happen to you but they have to others. It's that real).

In a way, I think there are some who can relate to the film. It kind of makes you think and wonder, will this ever happen to me? For some, it has. And, for others it has not. But, for everyone else - we may know of someone or heard of someone we know where the unthinkable has happened to them. It's real. And, it's true.

The movie starts off by introducing different characters with three separate stories. And, these characters all have lives of their own - all in different parts of the world. But, as the movie progresses they all seem to experience the unknown. And, as fate may have it - all have something in common.

(Note: For those of you who have seen the movie, I thought the way the film unfolded and the way the stories were told were a bit like this movie).

On the surface, this may be a film that is viewed by some as a bit slow. Though some scenes may seem to be unnecessary on the exterior, I feel they added to the general tone and nature of the movie.

This is a movie that involves detail. And, it's one that's definitely important to pay attention to even the smallest things - they will connect and be quite relevant to the movie as it progresses.

I'm going to be honest, this is not a movie for everyone. It is for a much more sophisticated audience - it is a film that makes you think. It it not your typical Hollywood action type movie. It's truly a film that makes you wonder and think about the unknown.

It's a different kind of movie, not everyone will enjoy it. Those who are solely looking to be entertained with lots of action this is probably not for you. But, for those who are looking for a movie with meaning - you will not be disappointed.

As for the end of the film, I think Eastwood did a brilliant job in bringing everything together. If watching the film closely from beginning to end, you will understand the deeper meaning at the end and why he ended it the way he did.

(Note: For those who are Clint Eastwood fans, the movie's musical score is very "Eastwood" like in nature).

If you're in the mood for a different kind of movie with meaning that makes you think, I definitely recommend this one.

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Trick or Treat Pete said...

Nice review. I was wondering how this film was, but hadn't read any reviews on it yet.
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Candice Frederick said...

interesting review. i'm been hearing a lot of great things about this movie. but i'm stil not convinced. this may be a rental.

Film Gurl said...

(Trick or Treat Pete) Glad you enjoyed the review, thanks for stopping by!

(reanaclaire) Thanks for the compliment, glad you enjoy the blog! I replied to your msg. Thanks for the note.

(Candice) It's definitely not a film for everyone. I think people are either going to love it or hate it. Before seeing the movie, I read a lot of mixed reviews. Thanks for stopping by! :)

dwindham said...

would someone explain the meaning of the ending. he had a vision of kissing her then they show him meeting her and touching her hand without a vision but he had one earlier when he touched her hand. thanks for the input.

Hereafter 2010 said...

thank you for the great review and for posting the trailer. you helped me a lot. can't wait to watch this film!