One of life's biggest mysteries is what happens when we die? Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter" offers unoriginal answers yet presents them in a very fresh way. Eastwood's storytelling is so rich and clear, that even though "Hereafter" may not be a great movie by revenue standards, it is a very strong film. It takes mastery of directing in order to get a complicated message across clearly and concisely and that is what Eastwood does.
"Hereafter" follows the lives of three different people and how they cope with their own questions on death: an American who can communicate with those who have passed, a French news anchor who has a near death experience, and a young British boy who lost his twin brother.
Eastwood's approach to the material is very interesting and the plot is quite gripping. Also, the character's are very well developed and the audience garners a strong sense of sympathy by the film's final act.
"Hereafter" is a movie experience all its own. While not everyone will agree with Eastwood's interpretations of what happens when we die, Eastwood's cinematic offering is film-making at its best. Catch it at the Tango Theatres this week.