“Hereafter” is probably Clint Eastwood’s most odd film yet. Odd not because it’s bad but because it’s difficult to digest the fact that the director of films like “Million Dollar Baby” would make a film about the afterlife. Running at a surreal pace “Hereafter” maybe slow and drab to some but it’s a treat for lovers of dreamlike effectiveness.
With an interesting supernatural plot, “Hereafter” has three main characters. George (Damon) is a blue-collar American who has a special connection with the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie (de France), a French journalist, has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. Marcus (Frankie/George McLaren), a London schoolboy, when faced with the loss of the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. The struggles of each of these characters are portrayed with evident sincerity in true Eastwood style. George and his obsession with Charles Dickens add a nice serene touch to his character. Damon and de France impress with good performances, while Frankie and George McLaren leave lasting impressions with their performances.
Although it revolves around the afterlife, it still doesn’t seem to take any conscious stand on what happens after death. With a heartwarming climax that leaves you with the feel good factor, “Hereafter”, although odd, it’s still a great watch for Eastwood fans.