After.Life is a movie I’ve had on my to-watch list for quite some time. For personal reasons, it’s the type of film I had to be in the right frame of mind, or certain mood to watch.
Liam Neeson, Cristina Ricci and Justin Long star in this thought-provoking horror-drama, and they all give strong performances.
Eliot Deacon (Liam Neeson) is a funeral director with a special gift. Eliot can communicate with the newly deceased and helps (or does he?) them transition from life to death, peacefully.
Cristina Ricci shines as a school teacher who after yet another quarrel with her boyfriend, gets into a devastating car accident. Ricci does a marvellous job in a tricky role as a young woman struggling to come to terms with her own death. The interaction between her and Neeson’s character is easy and entertaining to watch – heck – its even believable, mostly.
There is plenty contained in this movie to disturb, depending on who the viewer is, and what kind of death and loss has been experienced in one’s own life. For myself, there was plenty to reflect on while watching this, and things it made me remember that perhaps disturbed my peace a little. But that’s why I like this film and have to give it a recommendation to my readers – it has the capability of drawing out different emotions while watching it, and manages to disturb in the process.
After.Life has an interesting, if not completely original plot, with strong performances from its cast – led by Cristina Ricci in what might be the best role I have seen her in yet. The themes have been explored many times in all types of art, but the exploration never gets old as far as I’m concerned, considering that there will always be questions with regards to life…and death.