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Thursday, 2nd September 2010
Movie Review: After.Life (2009)
By Kevin Walton

After a horrific car accident, Anna (Christina Ricci) wakes up to find the local funeral director Eliot Deacon (Liam Neeson) preparing her body for her funeral. Confused, terrified, and feeling still very much alive, Anna doesnt believe shes dead, despite the funeral director's reassurances that she is merely in transition to the afterlife. Eliot convinces her he has the ability to communicate with the dead and is the only one who can help her. Trapped inside the funeral home, with nobody to turn to except Eliot, Anna is forced to face her deepest fears and accept her own death. But Anna's grief-stricken boyfriend Paul (Justin Long) still can't shake the nagging suspicion that Eliot isnt what he appears to be. As the funeral nears, Paul gets closer to unlocking the disturbing truth, but it could be too late; Anna may have already begun to cross over to the other side.
(http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0838247/synopsis)

The writers for this movie had quite an interesting premise to work from but they failed to do it justice and, in my opinion, the whole storyline fell flat on its’ face.

One of the biggest problems with this movie is that it’s left quite unclear as to what the true nature of Anna’s condition is. Is this a ghost movie or is it a zombie movie? It appears to be a hybrid of both; on the one hand, Anna doesn’t appear to be outside of her own body and therefore can’t see her own corpse lying on the slab as is the case in most ghost movies. She’s walking around and is capable of physical interaction with the world around her. On the other hand, however, her reflection in a mirror is different from her physical appearance which could only happen in the spiritual realm, and her voice can’t carry properly over a phone line.
You’ll spend most of the movie hung up on trying to figure out who’s perception of things we’re seeing and what’s really happening in the real world versus the spiritual realm and whether or not the two are actually separate or not. But then perhaps that was the writers’ intension in order to try to mask the weakness of the storyline.

On the up side, Christina Ricci does look pretty smokin’ hot dressed in nothing but a skimpy red negligee, but then I guess that was the whole point. It seems to me that this movie was nothing more than a good excuse to get Christina stark naked. It is a necrophiliac’s dream movie.


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