After.Life – Movie Review
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.
AFTER.LIFE is a film by Agnieszka Wojtowicz – Vosloo. It stars Christina Ricci, Justin Long, and Liam Neeson. This is one of those things that for the first 15 or 20 minutes you think wow this is really different and unusual and kind of terrific and then it’s not so much. Christina Ricci finds herself, in all her pale glory, in apparently the hands of an undertaker, who is Liam Neeson, and all you can think about is given the fact that his wife was killed about a year ago that hopefully he did this movie before she was killed rather than after because it’s just too ghoulish if it was after. The idea is is she really alive or not. This is one of those movies that tries to straddle a line between psychological thriller and macabre other-worldly movie, fairly successfully for about the first 15 minutes and not very successfully for the rest of the movie. It could have actually done it with a few sort of minor edits, but as it is it sort of turns out — I don’t think I would give it the same rating that one of the women in the ladies room did, which is the worst movie she’d ever seen, but I certainly wouldn’t give it much more than two stars.