Hereafter (2010)

Entertainment Rating: 3 of 5

This was a very slow moving movie. More thought provoking than suspenseful, in case you thought this might be a thriller. Check it out, it’s worth seeing at least once.

Moral Rating: 3 of 5

I liked the overall premise of wondering about life after death, and it was great that the film ended with the realization that there must be something good after this life. Clint Eastwood seems to put together a lot of thought provoking movies that help us contemplate the purpose of life. If only more movies did more to make us think, instead of being mindless entertainment.

This review is being written several months after we saw the movie, and so the following is only one thing that stood out that I remember, and is one worth commenting about (even if it is somewhat inconsequential to the overall review of the film.) One scene that was rather uncomfortable was when George invites the little kid who was following him to see if he could talk to his brother into his hotel room. I was just waiting for someone in the movie to take and twist that incident into something bad. Nothing ended up happening, but in this day and age we have to be ultra-careful about what we do and with whom we do it.

For example, as a married man its probably best not to ride in the car alone with a woman who isn’t my wife, nor should I take young kids for a ride that are not my own. This may sound ridiculous, and I’ve often got some strange reactions when I try to keep to this rule of mine, but it ends up being for the safety of everyone in a world that doesn’t bat an eye at bringing anybody down because of something that could seem inappropriate if twisted the right way.

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