There's a scene in Hereafter where death is described as "merely the beginning."
There's a scene in Hereafter where death is described as "merely the beginning." The statement barely scratches the surface of the spiritual afterlife, but Clint Eastwood's latest film takes us on three journeys to find a deeper meaning in death and how life goes on after others pass away.
Each story takes place in a different part of the world. In France, television journalist Marie (Cécile De France) is having trouble getting back to work after nearly drowning in a tsunami on a vacation with her boyfriend. Meanwhile, a young boy in London named Marcus finds his life in shambles when his identical twin brother is hit by a car and killed (both boys are played by twins Frankie and George McLaren). At the epicenter of the story is George (Matt Damon), a factory worker in San Francisco who just wants to have a normal life despite his ability to communicate with the dead. As Marie tries to make sense of a vision she saw shortly before she was revived, and Marcus struggles to go on with his life without his closest companion, both find themselves questioning the afterlife and seeking answers. At the same time, George is doing all he can to think about anything other than death.
Though we're taken down three different paths for most of the film, Eastwood keeps the story tidy, giving equal screen time to each scenario and arranging the segments cyclically. The transitions are welcome and feel natural, though one of my biggest gripes is that the paths converge too late in the game, and the film's climax is reached all too quickly.
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