Monday, February 14, 2011
After.Life (2009) Dir. by Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo
A young woman caught between life and death... and a funeral director who appears to have the gift of transitioning the dead, but might just be intent on burying her alive.
Wojtowicz-Vosloo's feature film debut is not something worth spending a great deal on. I had high hopes for After.Life, but it didn't exactly live up to my expectations. There were spots of the film that showed promise, but most of it otherwise felt like a softcore porn with Christina Ricci as a dead girl, and Liam Neeson as man who can talk to the dead. The film is never clear about much of anything, and ends with the same feelings. I have had more questions answered on an episode of "Lost".
Liam is as good as he can be as a character without any depth, or really strong presence in the film. Justin Long did have a surprisingly good performance in a semi-serious role for once. That much I was impressed with. Christina Ricci was just as bland as she usually is, just walking around naked for a good portion of the film. I know, I know, I'm a guy and not supposed to be complaining, but I can get the same thing from a late night Cinemax film, and get more story too. SPOILER*** Then there is the kid who has the same gift as Liam Neeson, but they try really hard (not really) to conceal it for a big reveal later in the film.
Mediocre acting, dreary bland music, VERY predictable storyline and ending, and Christina Ricci's boobs (who hasn't seen them) are all you will get out of After.Life. I don't say this about a lot of movies, but after this one, I would strongly suggest skipping this film. I hope Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo has a better outing with his next film
Entertainment Value: 3/10 Morgue Slabs
Cinematic Value: 4/10 Morgue Slabs