Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
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Hereafter

A reluctant psychic and the survivor of a Near Death Experience are brought together by a bereaved child. Think Sleepless in Seattle with glum people. The heroine suffers her NDE in a well-staged tsunami- the movie's only genuinely exciting sequence- but for all the relevance of this to later developments she might just as well have choked on an orange pip. Big issues and international tragedies (the 7/7 London bombings are also shoehorned in) are co-opted to lend gravitas to a formulaic and uninvolving tearjerker. The afterlife sequences- a major selling point- are brief and unimaginative.  Peter Morgan wrote the script, Clint Eastwood directed- and it's untypical of both of them. 
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