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Clint Eastwood... or the attention to detail.,
This review is from: Hereafter - Double Play (DVD + Blu-ray) (DVD)Languages: English and Spanish 5.1.
Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish.
I own the Spanish release that is coupled with Gran Torino in a special offer, but I think the extras are the same as the UK release. Will confirm later.
I did not see this at the cinema so I'm not sure about the quality of the blu-ray transfer. It does seem that the photography is blue graded so the colouring is cold but this helps the story. The picture is grainy here and there but I think it is just showing off the original filming material.
Let's start by the end: if you like Eastwood movies, you will be watching/buying it anyway so there's no need for further reading. After watching it you will have your own opinion, which in the end it's what really matters ;-)
If this is your first Eastwood movie, or you don't particularly like his films, well, then rent it, watch it and decide. This is not a movie that could be told. You have to see it for yourself. What you think will be much based on your own life experiences...
It's a movie with dialogues instead CGI effects and lots of action; there is no super hero/heroine, and even if there are some characters that can be baddies, you will not find evil people here to be blamed to.
As for my opinion...
Well, for some it may not be a clear plot in this film, but I would say that there's so much depth in all stories and all the characters presented here in comparison with those recent flat films out there that is almost overwhelming. For my part, I can easily imagine what is not clearly told or has been deliberately left out. There are many cinematic details that tell the story better than half page of script.
And this film may not have answers for all the questions that it asks. But let's be honest... it does not pretend to be the recipe for the afterlife. On the contrary, the underlying message in the film is not related with "what is after" but "what was before". Like other great films, it creates debate on the subject.
In my view, Eastwood is giving us a story about real people, their frights and realities, their choices and ways of going on, all crafted under a "ghost-story like" varnish. Masterfully, the ghost-like varnish is indeed driving the story forward in such a way that makes the characters find themselves and/or the answers they need.
It may be a hard film at some point because of what happen to some characters but in the end I found it's a very uplifting film.
Thank you Clint!