Hereafter (film)

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 January, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 28 January, 2011, 12:00am

Clint Eastwood's latest project, Hereafter, deals with a topic of universal interest: what happens when we die? The movie is about people who are struggling with their grief after losing loved ones.

The plot revolves around three people living in different places: George Lonegan (Matt Damon) in San Francisco, Marie Lelay (Cecile de France) in Paris, and 12-year-old Marcus (Frankie McLaren) in London.

The different threads of the story come together in the end, but the plot still feels random. It's like watching three ordinary people whose lives take unpredictable turns, which eventually lead to their sudden meeting.

The acting is rather disappointing. Damon's character is reluctant to go back to his old trade: giving messages to people from dead relatives and friends. He tells us only that he does not want to be a medium any more, and fails to make us believe it. De France plays a successful French journalist who experienced the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. You'd expect her life to have changed after that, but her acting fails to make any emotional impact.

The only memorable characters are Marcus and his twin Jason (both played by George McLaren). When his brother dies, Marcus tries to get in touch with him. It is deeply moving.