Clint Eastwood’s 2010 drama Hereafter explores death and the afterlife. Written by Peter Morgan (The Other Boleyn Girl, State of Play) and executive produced by Steven Spielberg (Jaws, Schindler’s List), the film stars Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting, Bourne series) and Cécile de France (Around the World in 80 Days).
George Lonegan (Damon) is a factor worker in San Francisco and he has a gift – he can communicate with the dead. Marie Lelay (de France) is a French television journalist who while on assignment in Thailand is caught up in the 2004 tsunami and dies – for a few seconds.
George (Damon) doing a reading for Marcus in Hereafter.
Then, there’s Marcus, a twin in London whose brother is tragically run over by a car but whose ghost still lingers around. With death connecting these people, they must find away to overcome their fears and go on with their lives.
George, although a successful psychic for a while, gives it all up in order to find a better life. However, his gift (or curse) hinders all possible chance of having a normal relationship. His reluctance to embrace this gift is scorned by his big brother Billy (Jay Mohr
from TV’s Ghost Whisperer
) who is constantly trying to get him back in the business.
Damon is superb as George. He plays the character with convincing authenticity, much like his role in Good Will Hunting which established him as an A actor. The performance can also be attributed to Eastwood’s directing.
This is Damon’s second collaboration with Eastwood, the first being Invictus
, the story of the first South African team to win the World Cup Ruby.
Cecile de France as Marie Lelay,a French journalist.
The three main characters’ lives are worlds apart but a series of events in their lives unconsciously draw them to a London Book Fair when they all meet for the first time.
Although the film may contradict some personal views, opinions and religious views, the moral of the story is to live the lives we have instead of worrying about those who are no longer with us. A good film to help re-evaluate ourselves.