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It's Not a Gift, It's a Curse

By Cindy Davis | Industry | September 13, 2010 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | September 13, 2010 |


Of his new film Hereafter, Clint Eastwood said, “I like to think of it as a chick flick, but one that men will like too. Or at least one that won’t make them want to stick a Swiss Army knife into their leg.” (Now there’s an endorsement.) Billed as a supernatural thriller, the story covers three people who have had traumatic experiences, and how their lives converge and culminate. Matt Damon plays a psychic who wishes he wasn’t (is it just me or are all movie psychics reluctant?), Cécile De France (Mesrine: Killer Instinct) is a journalist who witnessed a tsunami and two unknowns (Frankie and George McLaren) take on their first roles as twin brothers separated by death. Eastwood was reportedly interested in doing a supernatural story and liked Peter Morgan’s (Frost/Nixon, The Other Boleyn Girl) script, which incorporates real life events into the fictional tale.

Perhaps because I’m a chick, the trailer looks solid to me — if not a bit cheesy. I do admit being fascinated by the subject since I can never seem to settle on what I think about psychics and people contacting dead spirits. And hell, if nothing else, I know I’ll be watching Matt Damon for a couple of hours; it can’t be all bad.