After.Life

12 Apr

Title: After.Life
Year: 2009
Director: Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo
Writers: Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo, Paul Vosloo, Jakub Korolczuk
Starring: Christina Ricci, Liam Neeson, Justin Long
MPAA Rating: R, nudity, disturbing images, language and brief sexuality
Runtime: 95 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes: 20%

I’m a big fan of Christina Ricci, I would have graded the movie lower had the Anna role gone to Kate Bosworth like it was originally supposed to. Anna, by the way, was killed in a car crash, but, as you would correctly assume from the film’s title, she’s not really dead, she comes back and tells her mortician Elliot, a role that was originally supposed to go to Alfred Molina but that is now played by Liam Neeson, that there’s been some sort of mistake that she’s not really dead, he tries to reason with her, but then again, she’s seeing her right there, arguing right back at him, she seems alive.

This is a bizarre film, I usually like bizarre films but something about After.Life seemed too odd to me to really embrace it, there’s a little boy who sees Anna from the window and tells her boyfriend that she’s alive, and that makes complete sense to him for some reason, he had been really struggling with her dying and he quickly accepts what this little boy tells him.

We never really know if she’s alive or not, she gets buried (alive?) and we still don’t know, if we’re Anna we think we are alive and we think we are being buried prematurely, Deacon is just as split up, yes, he saw her alive, but he thinks he has this sort of gift, he has been doing this for too long and he sometimes thinks he talks to the dead people he has to deal with.

This is an okay horror film, but it is one that never fuckin’ settles for an identity, it is as though director Wojtowicz-Vosloo, who makes her debut with this one, was only trying to make a cool art-house film and in the middle of that forgot her plot and the effectiveness of this thriller was completely lost.

Grade: C

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