(R, 1:42:49, Released 2010)
|Genres:||Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense|
|Release Date:||Apr 9, 2010|
|DVD Release Date:||Aug 3, 2010|
|Starring:||Liam Neeson, Christina Ricci, Justin Long, Josh Charles, Celia Weston, Shuler Hensley, Chandler Canterbury|
|Directed by:||Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo|
|Synopsis:||Young couple Paul (Justin Long) and Anna (Christina Ricci) are toying with the prospect of marriage when they have a chance encounter with Eliot (Liam Neeson), a mysterious undertaker who claims he can speak with the dead. When Anna becomes caught in the otherworldly realm between life and death, she risks being buried alive. Will Eliot help her, or is he being driven by darker motivations? ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi|
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September 19, 2012
After.Life is a well constructed supernatural horror film that is very original in its idea. The strength of the film lies with Liam Neeson's powerful performance as Mortician Eliot Deacon who has a gift of talking to the dead. I thought that the film was a breath of fresh air in the genre, and it was different considering all the remakes. With great direction from Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo, After.Life is a creepy horror films that should appeal to fans of the genre. With a great cast at hand, Vosloo delivers a unique and different film that is very much underrated. The mix of the supernatural and surreal elements helps create a terrific film that is definitely worth watching. What made this film really good was that it relied on atmosphere rather than shocks to create its horror, and it works very well. There's a very well thought out plot that will keep you guessing from start to finish and though it has its imperfections, this is a better film than what most critics have written about it. In other words, this is not a work that should be easily dismissed. A few elements could have been reworked; nonetheless it is an effective chiller that displays a very creepy and effective Liam Neeson which makes up for the film's flaws. If you love something different in the horror genre, give this film a shot, this is a work that is engaging, well directed and has some good performances. However, like I stated previously, Neeson is the one that makes this such a thrilling and eerie viewing experience. After.Life may be imperfect, but it's certainly better than most horror films that come out nowadays.As a low-budget film, this is one that is very well done and should satisfy any fan of the genre.
April 1, 2011
well athough i liked the idea it truly was confusing and you still dont get it wrapped up towards the end.
March 6, 2011
If I sat down and seriously wrote about this film it would inevitably be a commentary laden with spoilers. About the only thing I can say is that, even when she's naked, my eyes are forever drawn to Christina Ricci's forehead.
January 27, 2011
Meh. Interesting idea, but not really sure what was happening. I think she was dead, but how can she move stuff around (i.e. break stuff). If it wasn't for Christina Ricci, not sure I would have made it through.
January 10, 2011
January 5, 2011
I liked it?? I don't know if I have ever been more confused about a movie, and liked it alot at the same time before. This has to be a first for me. The story is very uniquely creepy, with little reliance on commonplace scares. And, because it's thoughtfully written and directed, you can make a case for a couple different interpretations of what's going on. Additionally, all the performances are first rate.
November 7, 2010
I'm not dead! The concept of this movie was good and horrifying. Christina Ricci is a very talented actress. But somehow, she couldn't (in my opinion actually) show her talent in this movie. She kinda looked lame (well to guys, she looked hot, I bet/know). And seeing her walking naked so comfortably made me uncomfortable. When will this Hollywood industry quit playing with women? When will they understand that this concept of nudity is getting old and doesn't work all the time to get hit! Stop attracting audience by showing nude actresses. Shame I had to give this such a low rating. I was expecting this to be awesome by seeing Christina, Liam and Justin. Now this isn't terrible. You won't get bored. You'll feel slightly curious to know what happens in the end. But throughout the movie all I could think was, "it could have been better..."
October 17, 2010
Liked it, just not entirely sure I "got" it. I still have some doubt as to whether she was actually dead or not. I am inclined to think she was, just due to little things, like looking like a corpse and not seeming to feel the cold, but the script is a little up in the air on that.
It was great to see Christina Ricci in something new and I did find this fairly creepy and interesting. I am surprised to see it is rated fairly low,I guess due to the vague ending.
August 13, 2010
After.Life is one long, look at what is presumably a woman's last days of physical being on this earth. Anna (Christina Ricci) has a life that's in a bit of a rut, popping pills and wondering where her life is landing. Her relationship with her almost fiance Paul (Justin Long) has cooled significantly in her eyes and every little thing between them turns into some kind of fight to further tear them apart.
Then one night she dies.
It's the end of the line. It's all over, folks. The fat lady has sung fer last note and it's time to fade to black.
But it's not over yet.
The local undertaker Eliot (Liam Neeson, working on his overexposure of the year award) has brought Anna to his business for the final trip from the wreck, to the slab, to the hole in the ground. Eliot has a "gift" in which he can talk to the dead, helping them on their move to the other world, the big game of beach blanket bingo in the sky. Anna doesn't believe it. Eliot gets disgusted and complains about how these people are always expecting more from their lives and not believing it was their time to go. There is a conflict between Anna and Eliot in which he convinces her it's time while she fights it. Outside the cold room Paul can't accept it, creating what could be a delusion that she's a prisoner in Eliot's funeral home. This, essentially, is what the entire film hinges on- is she or isn't she.
In an earlier review of The Shining (1980) I suggested the idea that Kubrick's film isn't a ghost story, but more of a symptom of mental illness and the break down of members of a family locked up in a hotel together for a long period of time. Kubrick did a great job at leaving the film as ambiguous as possible and when you really think about it you have different roads to take when looking at The Shining. Was it full of ghosts? Was it simply a mental breakdown? Was it just bad karma? It's left up to you. After.Life takes the same sort of route in that the main question is whether Anna is actually dead or is this a sick game of Eliot's. Did he do a good job at bullshitting her or is she just bullshitting herself? As with everything else in life, it's all in your interpretation. You can be easily led both ways and it's not my job to tell you which path to follow. You must do that yourself grasshopper.
Overall the film isn't the greatest thing since sliced bread. There are a lot of things that really drag it down, from assaulting junior high students to an ending that seems a little to easy if you ask me. I'm all for answering my questions as soon as possible, not leaving them to stew for and hour but that's just me. Basically it's a pot boiler film that is average. It's a nice change of pace with a great plot, but it just doesn't click creating a film that gets you excited to see it based on the story and then renders itself totally forgettable after viewing. There is no after life for this one. You'll see it, enjoy some of the psychological aspects of the film, then move on to other movies that have a great story and a soul to back them up.
August 10, 2010
Cast: Liam Neeson, Christina Ricci, Justin Long, Josh Charles, Chandler Canterbury, Celia Weston, Shuler Hensley, Anna Kuchma, Rosemary Murphy, Malachy McCourt, Laurel Bryce, Luz Alexandra Ramos
Director: Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo
Summary: As the life of young Anna Taylor (Christina Ricci) hangs precariously in the balance, funeral director Eliot Deacon (Liam Neeson), who has a mysterious ability to help the dead transition to the afterlife, has complete control over her fate. Though it's possible she isn't dead after all, it's equally possible that she's already in hell.
My Thoughts: "I was looking forward to this flick, it looked really creepy in the trailer. But the film was a big let down. It started off interesting but went nowhere. I love Liam Neeson and Christina Ricci, but I didn't think the acting was very good or believeable. It was all a bit boring with unnecessary nudity. Of course considering the actor's it had, and the decent script, this movie could have been at least good. But the director failed to deliver the potential it had."
August 8, 2010
A clever psychological thriller with a very creepy and mysterious atmosphere. The concept behind the story is very cool but the execution is definitely what made the film. Is Anna (Christina Ricci) alive or is she dead? The performances were incredible. Liam Neeson did a good job. Ricci was very convincing, so beautiful and very sexy! You'll see her gets naked since she did in Black Snake Moan. And Justin Long was surprisingly good in a serious role (although the film was also darkly humorous in places).
August 4, 2010
"It's time you finally accepted the truth. You are dead. You will never live again."
In After.Life (cool title, right?) Christina Ricci plays Anna, a young school teacher who's drifting through life with a bottle of pills, unable to even connect to her boyfriend (Justin Long, who seems to play the main character's boyfriend in nearly every movie he's in) in the bedroom or in a simple conversation. After her apparent death in an accident, she somehow wake up in a funeral home with a mortician (Liam Neeson, with his creepy dial turned up to over 9000) that she had a chance encounter with earlier that day. He claims that he has a gift for communicating with the recently deceased, and it's his job to help her accept the reality of her death and move on. But, is he really telling the truth? Is Anna actually dead, or has she become the captive of a truly disturbed man? As she struggles to answer this question inside the funeral home, her boyfriend and a young student of hers are left wrestling with questions of their own.
I'm mystified by some of the negative reviews I've seen for this movie. Perhaps people were expecting a horror film? That's not at all what After.Life aspires to be. It's a thriller with supernatural elements. And the criticisms of ambiguity are even more baffling. If you're capable of paying a moderate amount of attention while watching, the events of the movie and the ending are quite clear.
While the film did have a few editing errors (early evening to pitch black night, in the time it takes to find a key on a keyring?), the dialgoue was occasionally clunky, and some people may be put off by some of the questionable decisions that Anna makes, I thought this was a solid movie. The premise was interesting, and I always find Christina Ricci to be a fine actress, when given decent material. There were points in the movie where I was actually riveted. I'll admit that After.Life requires you to keep your suspension of disbelief handy, but I thought it was well worth the effort.
I passionately recommend that anyone who's interested gives After.Life a try. Just please be warned, I repeat, this is NOT a horror movie. Some people may feel that it's slow-paced, but I never found it to be even slightly dull. The pace suited the story perfectly. Most importantly, you have to pay attention if you want to avoid the confusion that so many people seem to have inexplicably suffered from.
April 13, 2010
it's been so long since i saw a real horror film that it took me a minute to recognise this as one, entering the theater as i did unaware of just what i was about to see. with the obligatory nods to hitchcock's "psycho", this one is really a thumbnail overview of the victim/perp relationship. it's sometimes slow by today's standard of the quick edit but neeson and ricci i think really throw themselves into the gloom of this ... this ... creepout.
look for it.
fb584658586November 25, 2013
Well, I went in to After.Life not really knowing what it was about... I still don't really know what it's about. And I really don't think a second viewing would make it any better.
Not even a Taken type of film where they've just given Liam Neeson an excuse to be totally BAMF at everyone, After.Life seem to be more about getting Christina Ricci's (Above Left - Black Snake Moan, Monster, Prozac Nation, Sleepy Hollow, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Addams Family Values) kit off and being either unnecessarily bizarre, or not bizarre enough.
Where I can appreciate After.Life is in that firstly, a naked Christina Ricci walking around a mortuary manages to get pulled off in a wholly not awkward way, secondly it was a perfectly interesting idea (if poorly executed) and finally the fact that there was a little bit of fucking originality here. It's not a remake, or a reboot, a prequel or a sequel, a book adaptation or a shameless ripoff, it's just a first time movie made by some lady, it'll probably drop off of the face of the earth in a matter of months, but still, good on her!
Unfortunately, After.Life is entirely let down but the fact that nothing happens! Honestly, a 97 minute running time is not exactly an epic saga, but it's ample amount of time to have something happen. Hell, Trick 'r Treat tells four great, separate story lines in less time than that. I love Liam Neeson, I don't hate Christina Ricci, and Justin Long is one of the only "those actors" that I can stand (Seth Rogen, Will Ferrel, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Luke Wilson, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Adam Sandler, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse... You know, those actors...) but it unfortunately just wasn't enough to get the film off the ground.
Sorry After.Life, I really wanted to enjoy you, but there just wasn't enough going on one way or the other. Maybe next time Ms. Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo, maybe next time...
fb1144932598January 12, 2012
A genuinely creepy film that leaves one wondering, is she really dead? This viewer liked the fact that the answer to that question is never made entirely clear. The ambiguity leaves room for different interpretations. Either Eliot (Liam Neeson) is a tortured visionary who can talk to the dead, or he is a sadistic gleaner of souls who slowly mesmerizes his victims into believing they are dead. Maybe he is both. A brave performance by Christina Ricci as the "dead" woman, Anna, and a very emotional role for Justin Long as Paul, her boyfriend. Some nudity (no full frontal) and a minimum of gore, but the overall tone was sinister and left one pondering the questions of life after death.
June 17, 2011
In "After.Life," Anna(Christina Ricci) is distracted while having sex with her boyfriend Paul(Justin Long) but not so much at work as a schoolteacher when warding bullies away from Jack(Chandler Canterbury), a student, who then wants to go with her to the funeral of her piano teacher but she declines. That at least goes better than the dinner she has with Paul where he was originally intending to propose to her, at least until she storms off into a rainstorm. She wakes up dead in a funeral home which her mother(Celia Weston) blames Paul for. The only thing Eliot Deacon(Liam Neeson), the funeral director, is concerned with is how tall she is for her casket.
"After.Life" has an intriguing concept that in the right hands could have used the idea of a woman teetering on the edge between life and death to fully explore what it means to truly live. But the movie fails through a lack of execution and logic, falling back on cliches in order to play a silly game of is she or isn't she. That's not to mention how cynical the whole thing is.(If you propose to somebody who you constantly argue with, you should have a pretty good idea of what the next fifty years will be like.) And the odd casting certainly does nobody any favors.
August 23, 2011
After.Life isn't nearly as interesting as its' premise should dictate, and never scary, as the film seemingly tries to be. I did, however, appreciate the intelligence behind the script, never spelling things out. In the end, however, the ambiguity becomes more frustrating than smart. The highest point was of course Liam Neeson, with his methodical and sinister demeanor. Worth checking out, if not only for novelty.
June 15, 2011
A descent horror film, although very, very confusing. Could've had a better ending.
December 5, 2010
"After.Life" is what could have and should have been an interesting film. The premise and set-up is nice, it has an appealing cast, and the atmosphere has the potential to be pretty creepy. So what went wrong with this supernatural thriller? Why didn't I enjoy it? The answer: it was lifeless. This first-time feature from Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo is a rather disappointing first effort, and the naivety certainly shows. How Vosloo could get the talents of Liam Neeson and Christina Ricci in such a small film is sort of beyond me, since this is obviously excluded from Hollywood's standards. However, it's still a poor film even with the talent on display. It suffers from weak twists and mostly boring dialogue, and only seems to benefit from its own ambitions as well as some pretty good cinematography scattered throughout. Vosloo builds her film like the work of an artist; using colors to play a significant role in the painting she intends to create. However, her creation is nothing special when all is said and done. It feels sloppy, and rather short-shrift. Perhaps it will satisfy those with low expectations for a film of the like, although people like me want art when we look at a film. And if not art, we want entertainment. All films have to pick either one, and special movies tend to balance both things masterfully. "After.Life" can't seem to pick either, and ends up as a rather blank, bland, and forgettable trifle. In the hands of a master, it could have been great. But alas, its reach exceeds its grasp by a long shot, and that is why it is as boring and lifeless as it is.
A teacher named Anna gets into a car-crash after having an argument with her fiancé at a dinner session. She wakes up in a morgue where the morgue director, whose name is Eliot, greets her with compassion. He tells Anna that she is dead, although she doesn't know it yet. He says that she has to accept it along the way to preparation, although Anna can still speak, walk, and feel emotional pain as a normal person one. Still, she is but a corpse being readied for her second life beyond ours. The film really doesn't do much beyond documenting what I have already described. However, there is the inclusion of a semi-creepy little boy, a grieving fiancé, and a really, really lame twist ending. This is the kind of film that no other one-trick-pony of thriller cinema will make, and that is because it is not a great idea. It is a good idea, but not a fantastic one. M. Night Shyamalan would not have made it. Not even Alfred Hitchcock, if he had been alive, would have. It's not really good enough. Instead, I'm ready to forget the experience. What can I say: I got bored pretty fast. Not up to the point where I would have walked out; since I rarely do that anyways, but the movie was poor. The best the filmmakers can do is supply us with a pretty shade of red on everything meant to be somewhat symbolic. Really, guys? You have failed me.
As with most potentially interesting movies, "After.Life" has a talented cast that is squandered by a feeling of conceptual detachment. Liam Neeson is the only actor who seems to remain himself throughout, providing me with a performance that is nothing short of the expected from the performer. And you could say that in some way, that is a good thing. Christina Ricci seems rather lifeless-which was the intention-but that does not make it right. Ricci doesn't play an actual character, as it would seem. You cannot call her character a "character", since she is but a person. She's not interesting, and aren't characters supposed to have that word attached to them when they are brought into the world? Justin Long does what he always does: play a lover. And he's getting quite used to it, from the looks of things. As with all supernatural/ghost-story films, there's a creepy little boy. In "After.Life", the somber little bundle of un-joy is played by Chandler Canterbury. I will not say that Canterbury has a promising acting career ahead of him like Haley Joel-Osment did when he performed well in "The Sixth Sense", but I will compare him in the fairest way possible to every other creepy little child I have seen in other cinematic exploits. Canterbury is just one of the less interesting ones.
There is something rather tiresome about most supernatural thrillers these days. It takes a rather special, gifted man (or woman, as the case may be) to create something good in order to spice things up. Vosloo is not the woman. Her direction never seems focused enough to be called good, and the most she can seem to do is demand her cinematographer, Anastas N. Michos, to get some interesting shots in before the day is over. And indeed, there are scenes where the cinematography is splendid. It is in these scenes where the possibility of beauty resides, although all of it is flushed out by cheesiness in about the next few seconds. With that being said, "After.Life" still looks pretty decent. The quality of the video is about average, although I can't say there's anything special about it. Vosloo consistently uses color to give the film an "art" feel, although she never hits home base with her ambitions. Sure, it's obvious WHAT she wanted to do, but she doesn't succeed in any of it. This is not an interesting movie; quite in fact it is a boring and excessive one. I felt a bit cheated when the twists came along, and frequent cheesiness didn't help at all either. When all is said and done, the atmosphere that could have worked here isn't helped at all by the fact that "After.Life" is but another potboiler amongst other horror/thrillers focusing on the super-natural. And believe me, there are better ones out there.
On paper, I bet "After.Life" sounded like a really great idea for a really great movie. But the truth is; the movie isn't even good, let alone great. "After.Life" could have been good, if it weren't for the lame twists and lack of ambition. It could possibly entertain some people, but not me. I'm starting to consider the importance of the opinions of others lately, and I would be curious to see what they think of "After.Life". However, I cannot possibly conclude that it is an entertaining film. I was bored after a while, and I wanted the film to end earlier than it actually did. It went on thirty minutes longer than it had to, and I say that with a whole lot of honesty. This is not a horrible film, for it actually has something going for it, but it feels more like a silly mis-hap rather than a tricky, intriguing new ghost story. The ending does not imply a sequel, and tries to let the viewer interpret the film for themselves. Please, Vosloo, that's not what I asked for. I didn't think at all in you film. Films like "Oldboy" have worked well with such an ending, but you're being terribly pretentious with such a disappointing conclusion. It's a sad day when films are this consistently bleak, but nowadays I guess we've all got to get used to it.
May 28, 2011
Neeson is creepy and enjoyble at the same time, but the whole movie is terrible and confusing, Christina was not enjoyble and all she does is moan and complain. This movie is for the perverts, the drunks, or the people that only care to see 'booby' action in a rated-R movie. This is definetly named the worst horror-but-not-scary-movie of 2009.
August 11, 2010
With a tight-knit cast in Neeson, Ricci, and Long, original twist-and-turn story, and set designs to inspire an audience, the film was fresh and inspiring. Though a conclusion may never be drawn about the life or death of Ricciâ??s character, in reality, her career, along with all involved with the film, thrives with vitality and vigor.
October 19, 2010
Interesting horror/thriller about a young woman, Anna, who seems bored with her predictable lifestyle until a car crash appears to take her life. So when Anna wakes up in a funeral parlour, her body being prepared for a funeral by director Eliot, shes obviously confused and a bit scared of whats happening to her. Eliot explains that he has a gift that enables him to speak to the dead during their transistion to the afterlife. This is an interesting subject matter with a creepy twist. Its well written with decent perrformances, especially from Christina Ricci as Anna. Smarter that your usual horror, this is well worth a look.
September 19, 2010
After.Life was a psychological thriller with a mysterious atmosphere. The concept behind the story was okay but the execution was definitely weak. Was she alive or was she dead? The movie went back and forth delivering several clues, but they were not clear. Liam Neeson is without doubt a great actor, but here he failed in performing the undertaker, he was not able to express the feelings of his dark part, I was not convinced of what he was doing. By the end, still it was not so clear what really happened and it will drive you crazy of course. Christina Ricci was exceptional in her role, she had many nude scenes and she was looking just great. Justin Long was disappointing.The movie was nothing outstanding and the director tried hard to put a different spin on a often used concept.
September 6, 2010
I'm not entirely sure how I felt about this movie. It was a good concept, but something felt off about it.
September 1, 2010
Interesting concept, but it could have been a lot creepier and much better executed. I thought it fell flat.