Clint Eastwood continues his successful run of directing first-rate movies that keep breaking new ground. "Hereafter" is a meditation on the profound changes that alter anyone's life when the sudden death of someone close to us occurs. The story follows several people dealing with this haunting reality in very different cultures and situations.
Matt Damon delivers a noteworthy performance as a reluctant psychic able to contact the dead. He doesn't know what to do with his powerful gift. But as his personal drama unfolds, the lives of people thousands of miles away begin to slowly intertwine with his own. Bryce Howard and Cecile de France are well cast as stunning women who become unexpected players in this unusual drama.
Peter Morgan wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplays of "Frost/Nixon" and "The Queen." He brings his mature talent to bear in this subtle and reflective story. The movie plays out slowly like the intricate developments of a good novel. It only reveals its hidden treasures as the complex tale unfolds. It's not for the action-hungry crowd. But it should generate some serious attention from the Academy.