Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: +3

Matt Damon (Invictus,” the “Bourne” films) stars in Hereafter, directed by Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven) from a screenplay by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Hereafter tells the story of three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways. George (Matt Damon) is a blue-collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie (Cécile de France), a French journalist, has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. And when Marcus (George McLaren and Frankie McLaren), a London schoolboy, loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. Each on a path in search of the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might—or must—exist in the hereafter.

PREVIEW REVIEW: While writer Peter Morgan and director Clint Eastwood go out of their way to avoid any salute to organized religion, the slow-moving but engrossing tale does suggest that an afterlife awaits. Such a film concept might cause some in this electronics-cocooned generation to consider not just the here and now, but also the there and then.

The flood overtaking a gentle seaside village at the beginning of the film is one of the most amazing, armrest-squeezing special effect sequences I have ever seen. The performances are fine and the subject engrossing, but it ends more on a romantic note than a thought-provoking one.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Warner Bros.

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: Two obscenities, one f-word and one s-word.
Profanity: I caught no misuse of God’s name.
Violence: The opening tsunami flooding the town is breathtaking and intense; people die in the flood; a bullied boy runs into the street and is killed by an oncoming vehicle; a jolting explosion suggests terrorists have just killed many civilians. Blood: A little blood.
Sexual Intercourse: While it is implied that an unwed couple are sleeping together, there are no sexual situations.
Nudity: Very briefly we see a woman in a bathtub.
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: Brief social drinking.
Other: None
Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and older

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