Well if you read through the first dozen or so reviews below this, you'll probably form the opinion that you'll either love or hate this movie. And probably see a few spoilers as well. It seems some people don't know the difference between a review & a summary.
The opening 10-15 minutes is visually brilliant. A technically challenging but excellent CGI replication of the event in question, which probably used up most of the movies' budget. Make sure you see the making of it in the special features.
After that however, the movie flows into two or three other parallel but seemingly unrelated stories which you switch between throughout the movie. They do move quite slowly; don't watch this if you're sleepy or have a poor attention span (not recommended for Gen Y). Whilst it might seem boring, I sense that there was a deliberate deftness here to the sensitivity of the subject of people dying & the grief that those left behind endure. It does all intersect in the end, but it takes a long time getting there.
The supernatural stuff isn't all that heavy; the director & writers aren't out to make any religious or psychic statements. It's more a story about grief & closure, & it makes me wonder just how many people we intersect with every day, are carrying the same burden.
Hard to believe that this was directed by two such famous directors. This movie was so boring I read a book inbetween scenes.
I thought this was a nice film, certainly not brilliant (in my opinion) by any stretch but it was sad and thoughtful and something incredibly different for Matt Damon. I liked it.
Not a fan of this one....Love Matt Damon but not one of his greatest. It was slow and boring.......
This is a great movie, excellent three part story line which all comes to an interesting conclusion. Thought all the main actors did a sterling job, especially Matt Damon and the delightful French lady (Cecile De France). You can say what you like but Mr Eastwood certainly puts together entertaining movie's. This would be one of the most under rated films I have seen for some time, definitely worth a watch, in fact I'd watch it again with pleasure.
Matt Damon is so good in this role, as usual. He's just effortless with his acting and so versatile. Very interesting story and good production. Well worth a watch.
A couple of individuals touched tragedy cross paths with a reluctant psychic who communicates with the dead. After a fairly stunning opening this exploration of death settles into a story of the search for the unknowable. Interesting but lacking soul. 3.5 stars
Usually, I steer clear of anything that smacks of the supernatural/ghosts/spirits, but this movie got me and I loved it. The protagonist has the gift of seeing into people's lives except he regards it as a curse and tries never to use it. There's a marvellously realistic and scary tsunami in Indonesia in which a terrified Frenchwoman nearly loses her life, there are two little boys in London living with their unreliable, junkie mother and trying to escape "the welfare". One of the brothers is killed and the other brother, in grief, withdraws from life. The seer is in London and, fortuitously, is able to help the child and falls in love with the Frenchwoman. There's a lovely scene at a cooking school and a glimpse into the life of a TV frontwoman. the whole thing works and is brilliant. Could watch it again...and again.
was not that good really not that good
Do not understand how others can give this less than at least three. I enjoyed this very much. As for we bought a zoo. Get it as well. It is a light FAMILY movie KIM not high drama.
I think this movie was great. Clint Eastwood's Directing abilties really touches the heart. There was a particular scene with Marcus the schoolboy and Matt Damon that really brought a few tears to my eye. I recommend this movie to those who love stories about people connecting and finding eachother through different circumstances in life.
The worst movie Matt Damon has made and I mean the WORST! Although I didn't think it could get any worse after We Bought A Zoo.....YAWNNNNNN!!!
Very good and kept me watching all the way through. Would recommend.
Some wonderful performances, however Matt Damon’s character was a little dull and I found myself frustrated at his inability to see other possibilities about his future. Sound quality was poor at times; just because someone is speaking another language doesn't mean we don't want to hear!
Sorry, but I would suggest staying away from this one. Directed by none other than Eastwood and starring Matt Damon. Slow, pitiful and involving melodrama that doesn't get any better until it finishes.
Really Different - quite enjoyed it
This is the most boring movie I've seen in a long time. The tsunami sequence in the beginning was impressive and scary and well done. But the rest of it was just tedious. The basic premise of the movie is sound but they didn't do it right. Every sequence took too long to play out and I found myself saying to the tv: "oh come on already!" I didn't feel anything for the characters and even at the end when I found out what happened to everyone, I couldn't have cared less. A great disappointment and I was sad about that because I really wanted to like this movie.
Really enjoyed this movie. I thought the french actress, Cecile De France was mesmerizing and Matt Damon did not disappoint. Worth watching, not depressing as you would imagine considering the subject matter. Thought provoking and sensitively portrayed.
Excellent.Directing,producing and acting all first class.
For our Matt Damon fans, this is a little slow, nevertheless the acting is very good. For those of us that like to believe that there is a concious after life with memories, then this is a watcher, it's rewarding and surprising. Try not to play your guitar while it's playing..Aidan.
This movie was promising from the start but then falls into the easy way out with BIG coincidences and an (happy of course) end that I found terribly awkward. When you get to the end you realize that you have just watched a boring US movie or/and the worst flick Clint Eastwood ever directed. A waste of time! How Eastwood was interested enough in life after death, already sounds so wrong as the scientific facts discussed in this movie. It's like the guy who wrote this didn't look mucscientist science has proved especially psychiatric facts about near death experience. Garbage!
realy enjoyed this move and thought it was very clever how it all came together.
kind of a bit interesting but dragged a little. was ok but wouldnt pick to watch again as i was bored
Great film. Don't be put off by the subject matter, it's not a downer. Intelligent, uplifting and well acted. Matt Damon is superb as usual.
Bit hackneyed but still enjoyed it. Like Mat Damon. He seems to be able to fit into any role and make his character believable.
Loved this movie. Makes you think about the other side.
Really liked this movie -maybe bit slow moving to start with but came together towards the end
Excellent movie even if somewhat off beat
Got off to a great start but I found it overall a bit disappointing.
Good movie, strange and dissapointing ending
Really enjoyable. It shows another side of Matt Damon's acting ability. Got me in immediately, original storyline, wanted to keep watching to see what happened.
this one kept stopping so unabl towatch fully the thioe his yearalreay
The only thing that kept me watching was the child character...Wasn't a fan of matt damon in this, I expected more. It's good if you want a cry.
One of the worse movies I've ever seen, incredibly boring.
I quite enjoyed this move, although a bit slow in the middle. Great beginning and clever story lines surrounding the 3 main characters.
This movie is like The Dead Zone meets Crash. Three stories intertwine with a man who believes it is a curse and not a gift to have the ability to communicate with the dead. It drags on a bit during the second half of the movie but is still watchable. Quite enjoyable if you like the subject matter.
so so, bordering on ho hum. I pretty much love anything Matt Damon is in, so was really looking forward to this, (particularly as I am very interested in the topic) but it just took too long to tie the 3 characters together, and then just stopped.
Not a bad flick if your interested in that kind of stuff.
Started off well with the Tsumani scenes then fell away abit but was still watchable.
There are some movies where one wishes they had never wasted their time watching them...Bicentennial Man is a good example...and Hereafter joins this exclusive club. You are left wishing you could have those 2 hours of your life back - life is too short to spend on this movie.
It was an interesting subject but the movie just didn't do it for me. It was very Clint Eastwood as far as direction goes though.
A really slow movie. Enjoyed it, but got up and did things around the house at times, and didn't feel like I missed anything! Predictable. I was actually really disappointed.
I liked the consept behind the movie, well done, good acting.
The sound on the movie was really low, it was to quiet to be heard. Our TV doesnt have surround sound so we turned the volume up to high and still couldnt hear anything
Pleasantly surprised. Really enjoyed this movie. Great acting.
Love life after life movies. A little slow to begin with. Loved the ending. Loved the idea of the different locations. Not a Matt Damon fan however he is a versitle actor and I think I didn't mind him in this one.
Matt Damon is always good. Movie was okay
very slow, but it worked. Enjoyed this
Matt Damon is a very versatile actor. This movie is full of drama and has very touching moments plus has some romance too. A great insight into the lives of three people who have been touched by death. Death not only affects those closest to you but can cause a ripple effect in life.
if you like the tv series 'the One', or if you believe there is more to life than empirical rational science, then this is the movie for you. Not a happy subject matter but it is directed by Clint Eastwood, who apparently has a special interest in life what happens when we have a near death experience and the acting by Matt Damon and Cecil de France is very good indeed.
Well worth watching if you can handle the subject matter.
It was okay. Slightly slow and a little bit tedious but okay.
Didnt mind this movie.Had a good story line.Worth a watch.
Good start and end, pity about the hour in the middle where it dragged on
Plot is possibly confrontational for some but I thought it weak. Not worth a full length film
Worth a look very average Matt Daemon wasted here, great actor
i enjoyed the movie although slow to start i enjoyed it as did my mum
This movie was very disappointing, too slow and too long with no reasonable ending. Would never recomend to anyone.
Don't really like this movie..
This movie was really enjoyable. The attention to detail was great. Recommend.
didn't thing much of this movie
Although it did not get good ratings in the newspapers when it was released, I enjoyed this movie! The linking of the three separate stories are well done and, as in all Clint Eastwood movie s, the background music is perfect
Worth it for the opening scence alone, not to mention the heartbreaking English twin story. Not a major Matt Damon fan but see he is more than just an all American pretty boy in this. Just feel like it was missing something or needed more than just serendipity to complete the film.
Not very good. Has potential for so much more but you're left feeling disappointed.
Interesting story- just disappointed that all subtitled conversations not translated into English, but we managed to get the drift of the story.
It was boring but i thought it would get better because of the cast...but it didnt
Concept is good, moves too slowly. Matt Damon is brilliant though, as always.
Was ok but didn't really feel like there was much of a point to it! Got to the end and was a bit of"is that it?"
Not a very interesting movie. Watrched it for 15 mins then gave up.
Slow in places but interesting enough. Not Mr Eastwoods greatest film but its worth watching.
Not very exciting, a bit draen out. Had trouble watching it to the end.
Was pretty disappointed for a Matt Damon film :(
sweet story another by clint eastwood, how three lives intwine about loss and of course it has a happy ending for all. worth a look not the usual and has come under the radar...
For Matt Damon action fans, this is not the movie for you.
A little on the slow side and not much of the supernatural
side of things that I expected to see, to make up for the lack
of action, not the worst movie he has made but pretty close.
Confusing at first, thought it was in french, but it was good, Matt Damon, he's performance was brilliant.
Disappointment - Brilliant casting and acting, very picturesque filming technique, outstanding special effects, etc. was let down by thin and poorly-connected storyline. Could have been fantastic, but didn't quite make it.
Abit slow at times but still a nice movie and makes you wonder what really is there waiting for us in the afterlife??
One of the most boring films I have watched in a long time. First few minutes looked as though it would be a good movie, but went rapidly downhill & I struggled to stay awake.
Was suprised this was a Clint Eastwood directed film as he is normally good. This movie was very slow and boring. Although the individual performances were good the movie overall was terrible.
It was a good story with a weak ending.
If you can read subtitles quickly and follow the story, you will make it to the end. Not too bad though.
I wouldn't recommend this movie and thought it was probably the worst movie Matt Damon has been in. The acting is good, but the storyline and plot lack depth. The ending is pathetic, just shrivels into nothing. No sense of being left with anything. Like they just stopped filming and didn't finish it off. Even the psychic connection bits were badly done. Pick something else this is snail paced. 1 star because of the acting.
Very long and drawn out, but well worth it in the end
what in the hell was mat damon thinking of when he accepted his roll in this utter boring and extremly dissapointing movie glad we didnt paid money at the movies to see this one being kind in giving one star
wow clint eastwood great actor great director.. enjoyed it thoroughly
Thought this movie was too slow. Boring in parts.
I found this movie a little bit slow, but enjoyed the story.
this movie started off pretty good, but it slowed right down to almost boring in the middle. a little disappointing for Matt Damon.
Sent to us by mistake wasnt in my queue not very good film
Sensitive film offering a glimpse into what could be. Kind of peetered out at the end, however, this suited the film - all the characters found their place.
good acting by Matt Damon as usual. quirky movie but enjoyable.
I'm a fan of Clint Eastwood, both as an actor and a producer. This movie was engaging, but I found it moved a bit slow for my liking. Tad dissapointed but still worth the watch.
A good movie but very slow. It was hard to keep the interest going right to the end but if you like Matt Damon it is worth watching just for the acting.
If you enjoy several story lines cumulating this is a movie for you. You will also have to do some reading in different scences, that's assuming you don't speak French.
If you are a Matt Damon fan you will not be disappointed by his performance.
I enjoyed this movie. It's definitely not the stereotypical Matt Damon movie, but if you're after something a little different to the usual Hollywood blockbuster it's a good choice.
Quite enjoyed the movie. Was interesting how they connected the three stories together.
was i supposed to choose subtitles ??? missed a third of the movie as not all the french sub-titles appeared on my BIG screen tv.... slow and boring - had potential to be SO much more !!!
Hereafter reminded me of the movie Love Actually. It's not a blockbuster but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Starts off very impressively, and has a powerful story to tell around some pretty emotional themes, however it really lags somewhere in the middle and ends up feeling way too long!
great movie very much enjoyed!
Fantastic keeps you interested
Agree with most here in saying that this movie was just too slow and ponderous and really didn't get into the depts it could've. Enjoy Matt Damon in anything he does, but he was fairly limited in this one. Clint Eastwood's music is wonderful as always, but there just wasn't enough going on for me to enjoy this more than 2 stars.
Was a little slow & disjointed in parts, but overall the story was good and hit a chord for me. It would definitely appeal to people like myself who have lost loved ones and needed some contact/belief or closure.
Absolute rubbish. Slow, and ridiculous story line. Trailer looked great - movie is not.
Loved this movie. Matt Damon is fantastic and this is another wonderful movie directed by Clint Eastwood. Can Matt Damon and Clint Eastwood do any wrong?
Truly and utterly dreadful. Like being forced to read a saccharine new age book. And I really take issue with the take home message which seems to be that we can only cope with death and loss if we know there is something to look forward to "on the other side". The dialogue was so bad at times it was funny. Clint's directorial near death experience.
Fantastic story line, great deal of sensitivity loved the way was put together and the way the diffrent stories conected lives toghether.
When you see the trailer for this movie, it looks like it would be a great watch. How wrong was I .... half of the movie is sub titles and the remainder is drawn out ..
I loved it....until everything finally came together and I settled in for the REAL story to begin and the CREDITS started rolling! I wanted so much more. Especially from Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon. I was left wondering what the point of the movie was. I really wanted to explore the whole 'Hereafter' part of the movie. Not just dance around the edges.
First 5 minutes = A . Last 5 minutes = F-. Middle of the movie = C to B-.
Worth watching for the first 5 minutes.
Why do people type cast actors - it just leads to disappointment when they do something a little different. We loved this movie - plan to watch it for a 3rd time tomorrow. Matt Damon plays with maturity and sensitivity. Everyone in this movie is wonderful, the special effects are amazing, the locations very natural, the story is realistic and believable. I would have liked it longer because I didn't want to leave these characters. Don't expect action in this, it's a gentle, bitter/sweet story that comes together in the end. Not enough stars to rate it properly.
Sorry to say that I was disappointed with this.I'm a huge Matt Damon fan normally.His performance was okay;and the young boy who played Marcus was a standout for me.However;the journalist character was someone I just couldnt like or feel any empathy for;and her portions of the movie ruined it for me.Movie felt overly long as well.
This movie seemed to be all over the place for the first 40 mins, I liked it, but wanted more out of the movie.
Excellent storyline BUT slow! Not Matt Damon's usual type of movie but he played his part very well, three people from different backgrounds(and countries) that cross paths and influence each others lives in important ways, the young boy who looses his twin Brother is so heart breaking, lost & shy but has great determination in finding a way to contact his twin after his tragic death. Well worth watching and the ending is lovely.
Slow moving but worthwhile. Fantastic opening and lots of interesting things to discuss after watching. Thought the young boys story was the most interesting but lost interest with the french lady.
Hugely disapointed and I am a big Matt Damon fan. It was boring and after watching it which took endurance I was of the strong opinion that the motive for making the movie was to make a strong point or statement about psychics....Statement being that not all psychics are a fraud and that both psychic and seeker should persist until they fulfil their calling and answer. In addition it was clearly making a contrast being the so called genuine and ingenuine......
Depressing and dull. Not sure of the point of the film. We both fell asleep and didn't bother to finish watching it later
near brilliant ! for a while i wondered where the seperate stories with in the story were goen,but then it all of a sudden came togethor and..... 8 outta 10
Not a bad movie, it is a little slooooowwwwwww but had a reasonable plot. 5.5/10
Its a good movie, sad bits. Not recommended for someone that has had someone passed recently. But a bit too long.
Slow to start but I stuck with it and am so glad I did.
It all comes together , another Clint Eastwood master piece.
So moving , the reference to the light and other experiences with no explaination , this is what I have experienced & had explained to me in the process of losing a loved one .
Now i would like to read the book this movie was based on if there is one.
4 stars only because for me I was left wanting .
A little slow to start with whilst the characters develop but once they are it was a great movie.
A truly beautiful movie. Absolutely loved it! Yes it is slow moving but I feel taking the extra time to explore the emotions surrounding the experiences of death was a good move by Clint Eastwood. I found more was said in the silent moments than all the script put together. I was spellbound from start to finish.
Clint Eastwood weaves his magic again. Loved it.
Disappointed in this one. Matt Damon normally picks a pretty good script but I feel he failed on this one. such a shame.
Hereafter is a touching movie the spiderwebs around the 3 central characters ultimately bringing them together in an interesting twist of fate. Terrific movie that drags a little in places but a must see!