Tuesday, April 13, 2010

After.Life



The Hollywood machine often confounds me. How does a film with a cast that includes Liam Neeson (Clash of the Titans, Percy Jackson, A-Team), Justin Long (Die Hard) and Christina Ricci in various states of undress, open in only 40 theaters? Meanwhile, something called The Black Waters of Echo Pond (with Robert Patrick as the headliner) is released in 400. What gives?

Anyway, I recently came across the script for this psychological (or is it supernatural) thriller. After a car accident, a young woman wakes up on a slab in a funeral home. The mortician explains that she's dead and only he can communicate with her. Is she or isn't she? And we're off to the races...

After.Life would have made an excellent short, but struggles as a feature. Too drawn out. The film does make an interesting point about how we often fear living life to the fullest more than death itself. An intriguing premise that fails to live up -- no pun intended -- to its potential.

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