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Hereafter (2010). Directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Peter Morgan. The film comprises three stories, all connected with death and more so what happens after death in some form. The first centres around a French journalist (Cécile de France) who is caught in the Boxing Day tsunami. The second centres around a supposed genuine medium (Matt Damon) who is conflicted by his gift. The third centres around one of a set of 12-year old twins (Francis and George McLaren), whose brother is involved in a car accident. Hereafter is an oddity from the Eastwood stable. Although it doesn't really tackle the issue of what's waiting for us after life, it does more or less state that there's something, and it's more a case of how that affects the characters here on Earth. Hence you have to be able to get over that idea to start with. The story itself is fairly clumsy and overwrought, in a similar fashion to a really obvious romcom, although comedy is the last thing on the menu here. The story is somewhat mawkish and depressing pretty much throughout. Damon is particularly wooden, although you could argue he's playing a character who is driven to be emotionless. The one positive is the international nature of the film, which moves around Europe, the USA, and the Far East. Despite all the negatives I still just about enjoyed it, mostly because I'm a soppy and sentimental idiot that enjoys the mawkish and depressing. Other soppy and sentimental idiots might get something from it, but those who don't enjoy this sort of thing should avoid. 3/5 (Average)