by Sam(The HORROR Man)
‘Why do we die?”… “To make life important.”
Staring: Christina Ricci,Justin Long and Liam Neeson
Directed by: Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo
Have you told the person you love how much they really mean to you? Well this film asks this question in the oddest of ways. To sit down and watch After.Life one must understand life and death. Does anyone really know what happens to us when we die? I have my personally beliefs and so do you. Yet this film dives head long into the ” what if” category. If you don’t care for movies that make you scratch your head and say “huh” then this film might be a bit to advanced for some.
The basic rundown of the film is, Eliot Deacon(Neeson) runs a mortuary home and claims he can commune with the dead, Anna(Ricci) a twenty something elementary school teacher has little to love about life. Her boyfriend Paul(Long) tries, unsuccessfully to make her happy in there relationship. After a big misunderstanding over a dinner with Paul, Anna runs off into the rainy night and gets in a terrible car accident. When she awakes she finds herself in Eliot Deacons corpse preparation room. She swears that she is not dead and Deacon reassures her she is. The film swells from there as Paul struggles to deal with Annas death and his great grief over losing the women he loved. All is not as it seems tho, with Eliot Deacon.
From the trippy flashbacks to the odd looking, and most times confusing cryptic messages Eliot Deacon bestows upon Anna about death and life. It is easy to get lost very quick. The film has a overall somber tone to it with no real happy ending in sight. Justin Long does a great job in this film and Neeson, of course, is charismatic and dark. Ricci on the other hand has seen better days. The only saving grace to this film in her performance is shes naked about seventy five percent of the movie. Unfortunately before this film she had a breast reduction, which is a direct slap in the face to God for making her that way. Her acting is barely believable, even during the final climax of the film.
This film is not one to sit down and necessarily have fun watching. That is not to say it isn’t enjoyable. If you want a flick that has you guessing from start to finish and even then you wonder what the hell just happened, After.Life is for you.