You guys should know something. I enjoy watching C-SPAN. Yes, you read that last sentence correctly. I enjoy watching C-SPAN. Some people think C-SPAN is boring. Well these people have obviously not seen Hereafter. I can honestly say that I think that this is the worst movie that I have seen all year. There is slow, and then there is agonizingly slow, and then there is Hereafter slow.
Hereafter is the story about George Lonegan (Matt Damon) who has a gift/curse to talk to dead people. But he doesn’t talk to them in a “Sixth Sense” kind of way( it’s more of a “boring “ kind of way). He is a psychic who relays messages from the living to the dead so that the living can move on with their lives. Lonegan has retired from this psychic work, but his older brother convinces him to do a few readings for his friends. Lonegan has to decide whether or not he wants to start doing readings again for money. Heck, times are tough, and I heard that psychics are in high demand again.
The movie follows three separate storylines. One story takes place in America, one in France, and one in England. So you’d think that one of these storylines would be interesting. Nope. It felt like I was watching three boring movies at the same time. Since one of the story lines takes place in France you have to read subtitles a lot of the movie. I don’t mind reading subtitles; I just hate reading subtitles when I have a headache.
The only ray of sunshine in this movie was Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village/Lady in the Water). She is in the movie for a total of about 12 minutes. I’m a huge fan of The Village so I was happy to see her in this movie. I just wish there was more of her in the movie and less of everything else. She plays Matt Damon’s love interest.
I had only read great reviews going into this movie so I’d thought that it would certainly be worth my money. Nah….just wait till this movie comes out on Redbox or something. If you are a Clint Eastwood fan then you will like this movie. It is artsy and all that other junk that Clint Eastwood does. I am not good with slow movies. I probably looked at my phone 15 times to see if it was almost over. As soon as the movie was over, the first words to come out of my mouth were, “Finally. It’s Over.”
Save your money. Go see Inception at the dollars or something.