Film #142: AFTER.LIFE
3 out of 5 stars
A beautifully shot film with solid performances & a stunning - and very naked for like 2/3 of the runtime - Christina Ricci gets hamstrung by storytelling told at a snail’s pace. The director, Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo, has a keen visual sense and her use of color and shade is exceptional, but… jeez louise this a borderline boring film with some WILD coincidences & ridiculous plot devices. Comparisons to THE SIXTH SENSE are incorrect and WAY off base while the film does, in my opinion, show some aspects of Paulo Coelho’s book "Veronika Decides to Die." Neeson is completely creepy and Long does a good - but thankless job - as the grief stricken boyfriend, but make no mistake… this is Ricci’s movie and she does a great job acting-wise. Now, I’ve always thought the woman was attractive, but… DAMN! Waif-like, pale, and showing a true vulnerability which is enhanced by her being naked most of the film makes her move up a notch on my “To Watch List.” Still… the foundation of any film is its story and, sadly, AFTER.LIFE’s just never is allowed to gather a full head of steam. And the ending… the ending is so infuriating that it will have you throwing your television through the window! 2 stars for the film itself and an extra star for Ms. Ricci’s performance.