HEREAFTER directed by Clint Eastwood, written by Peter Morgan, with Matt Damon, Cécile De France, Frankie McLaren, Jay Mohr and Bryce Dallas Howard. A Warner Bros. release. 123 minutes. Some subtitles. Opens Friday (October 15). For venues, trailers and times, see Movies.
Clint Eastwood’s slide into irrelevance continues with this muzzy-headed, vaguely supernatural drama about three people whose lives are shadowed by death.
Cécile de France plays a Parisian journalist trying to understand a near-death experience, Matt Damon is a San Francisco medium trying to live a normal life, and Frankie McLaren is a London kid coping with the loss of his twin.
Peter Morgan’s script shifts mechanically between the three characters as they go about their everyday lives, which leaves the movie shrugging from one banality to the next. Eastwood’s made lazy films before – most recently Changeling and Invictus – but the subject matter of Hereafter sets certain expectations that his indifferent approach can’t even begin to satisfy.