Un­hap­pily ever af­ter

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Dvds -

SEE­ING he’s in his 80s, it’s not en­tirely sur­pris­ing that di­rec­tor Clint East­wood would spend a lit­tle bit of his twi­light movie-mak­ing years in­ves­ti­gat­ing what hap­pens af­ter life. It must be one of the few themes he hasn’t re­ally sunk his den­tures into over his decades in the biz. He cor­rects that small over­sight here with a moody and of­ten melan­choly drama about a psy­chic ( Da­mon, pic­tured) with abil­i­ties he sees as a curse, a woman who suf­fered a near-death ex­pe­ri­ence, and a young boy seek­ing an­swers about what hap­pens when we die af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some emo­tional trauma. The three sep­a­rate sto­ries are set up well and all prom­ise some­thing, but it all moves at such a snail’s pace that you can’t help but get frus­trated with it in places. The con­ver­gence of the three story arcs isn’t re­ally that big a pay-off ei­ther. While it’s way off East­wood’s best work, he does touch on some emo­tional home truths about our own mor­tal­ity along the way.

Ex­tras: Fea­turettes. NOT VIEWED

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