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After.Life (2009)

Liam Neeson , Justin Long  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Liam Neeson, Justin Long, Christina Ricci, Josh Charles, Celia Weston
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IY498Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,831 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "After.Life" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo
  • Delving Into the After.Life: The Art of Making A Thriller
  • Theatrical Trailer

Editorial Reviews

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Quite a few folks in the movies have seen dead people, especially since The Sixth Sense, but After.Life gives this by-now-familiar conceit an intriguing spin. As director-cowriter Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo's 2009 film would have it, the deceased aren't exactly dead. At least not yet; in the days between whatever killed them and the moment they're put in a box and lowered six feet under, they're caught in some kind of purgatory, no longer alive but still able to move and communicate. Not to everyone, of course; only Eliot Deacon (Liam Neeson) has the ability, be it a gift or a curse, to converse with these infernal travelers as he readies them for their final rest in the basement of his funeral home. That's where he meets Anna Taylor (Christina Ricci), who died in a car crash following a nasty argument with her boyfriend, Paul (Justin Long). Anna, not surprisingly, is in denial. How can she be dead, when she can still walk, talk, and experience emotions? Well, it's complicated, but Eliot's there to help her sort it all out--that is, unless he's up to something considerably more sinister, a question that remains in doubt even at the very end. After.Life has a cool concept, a good look, an ominous vibe (driven by former Tangerine Dream member Paul Haslinger's relentlessly spacy, downbeat musical score), and some fine performances. But movies like this depend on the rules and boundaries the filmmakers establish. In The Sixth Sense, those rules ("dead people don't know they're dead," etc.) are simple and consistent. Here they're a bit more confusing. How can the deceased wield a knife, open a locked door, or even make a phone call? If Anna is dead, why can she still see her breath on a windowpane? The willingness to accept such things may well affect one's appreciation of this very absorbing film. --Sam Graham

Product Description

Young couple Paul (Justin Long) and Anna (Christina Ricci) are toying with the prospect of marriage when they have a chance encounter with Eliot (Liam Neeson), a mysterious undertaker who claims he can speak with the dead. When Anna becomes caught in the otherworldly realm between life and death, she risks being buried alive. Will Eliot help her, or is he being driven by darker motivations?

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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Made near Liam's loss - lots of nude Ricci October 2, 2010
Format:DVD
The "surprise ending" of this movie was telegraphed pretty early in the film .. so that kind of killed the suspense factor.
Otherwise this could have been a much better film considering the acting talent, great photography and overall mood and tone they were able to create.

But in the end, something just doesn't come together and give this movie the spark it could have had.

One redeeming feature of the film ..... if you are a young man who likes Christine Ricci, you will get LOTS of opportunity to see more of her in this film.

She spends 75% of the movie walking, sitting and laying around nude.
Since she is cute, you can't find any fault with that !

What struck me as the most eerie in this film was how Liam Neeson made this movie so near the time of his own wife's death.

It is the same strange feeling when you see Christopher Reeve's last movie where he played a paralyzed cop and weeks later was of course really paralyzed.

Or seeing John Wayne in the Shootist playing an old gunslinger trying to die in peace from cancer when we know that in real life he was battling cancer when he made that film.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE June 19, 2011
By RAVA
Format:DVD
This is a movie not for everyone. With that said if you enjoy a movie where you have to think, ponder and get involved mentally in the movie, this is the movie for you. It is a slower paced movie; however, if you don't have your eyes on the screen you will miss important visual clues to help you choose what is going on in the movie. After watching this movie once, for me there were 3 ways this movie could be. 1. she is dead. 2. she is alive and he is crazy. 3. she is dead and he is crazy. It is up to you how you choose to see the movie. There is so much in the movie that can be seen 2 or more ways. Another question always throughout the movie was "which point of view is this scene shot for?" which helped me choose and understand this movie. i have watched this movie 5 times and hope to own it in the future and watch it many more times. It is fun changing the point of view of which character I follow as I watch this movie.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What would do if you had another chance? January 3, 2011
By PR GUY
Format:DVD
One of the best thrillers and love stories (combined) that I've ever viewed. The trio of Liam Neeson, Christina Ricci and Justin Long makes this a superb thriller/love story that is a must for all of the people on this planet that have been afraid to love. This flick has a profound statement to make...not just a thriller...not just a relationship gone south because of emotional drain. All 5 stars. I can see why others would not give this a high rating. It's very deep (no pun intended) and it's not a film to watch for pure entertainment. It's a mind trip.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Erie, Evocative, But a Little Too Enigmatic September 2, 2010
Format:DVD
Liam Neeson does a wonderful job portraying a mysterious undertaker. He's a sort of Charon, the mythic ferryman who conveyed the dead to Hades along the River Styx.

But are the dead he's incising really dead? Or are his subjects merely dreaming him and their deaths? Or more disturbing still, is Neeson a serial killer who convinces his victims that they are dead while he starts the intimate process of stitching them, dressing them, applying make-up to them?

Neeson skillfully combines the oily sympathy of a funeral director with the soft, sinister, convincing quality of a killer. So which is he? This film keeps us guessing - and then some. It layers anomaly on anachronism. In that respect, it's a little like "The Shining" in which all sorts of supernatural elements, from telepathy to reincarnation, were mixed so thrillingly that the viewer didn't notice the overall incoherence of it all. Here we get a similar random potpourri of mystic, mystifying elements.

For example, there's the boy who's fascinated by the undertaker's art and who is becoming Neeson's sorcerer's apprentice. Having a youngster hovering wanly in the morgue is odd and unlikely enough by any interpretation of the movie's meaning. But then we see the boy at home. His mother appears too old and strangely desiccated to have borne him just ten or eleven years previous. But more puzzling still - while the movie as a whole is set in the present, with modern cars and all the modern conveniences - the boy's mother is seen staring at an episode of "Beat the Clock" on TV, a game show hosted by Bud Collyer and last aired in the mid 1950's. There's also a 1950's phone in the morgue. What are these brief time displacements supposed to mean?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing December 19, 2010
Format:DVD
I'm surprised that this movie hasn't gotten better reviews. Lot's of people compared this to the Sixth Sense, but I'm not entirely convinced that's a fair and accurate comparison, though the movie raises similar questions. Yes the viewer is often wondering if the characters are alive or dead, but they are also wondering if something much more sinister is taking place.

That's what makes this film so intriguing. Lots of questions are raised, and none completely answered. The viewer is left to draw their own conclusions, which may require more than one viewing.

Giving the fine performances of Liam Neeson, Justin Long (one of his best performances), and Christina Ricci, additional viewings are a pleasure.

Not your everyday thriller, this subtle film is one of the best I've seen in a long time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It gave me a different perspective on how funerals are prepared...
Published 4 days ago by Robert Wyatt
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the previous parts
Better than the previous parts.
The casts were gorgeous.
I love this movie very much. Would recommend to friends. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie thanks fast delivery too.
Published 24 days ago by Mark O'Diam
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay film, fine acting by Christina Ricci.
Strange movie about a young girl who refuses to accept the fact that she is dead and a funeral director who can see and talk to the dead. Read more
Published 27 days ago by dhart
5.0 out of 5 stars Really love this
Better than the previous parts. The casts were gorgeous.
I love this movie very much. Would recommend to friends. Read more
Published 1 month ago by just
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was ok kinda slow but kinda interesting.
Published 2 months ago by silver-moon
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Movie Ever
Better than the previous parts.
The casts were gorgeous.
I love this movie very much. Would recommend to friends. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JPL
5.0 out of 5 stars kool
loved this would watch it again. Very intriguing saving this in my watch list to watch again with my mom.
Published 4 months ago by mistic
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
This movie is great I have watched it 10 times and still love it but now someone stole it I have to buy it again tho
Published 4 months ago by Not happy
4.0 out of 5 stars life or death
I really liked it . thought provoking until the end ,maybe there is an afterlife? I wish the boy had lived.
Published 4 months ago by stewart coleman
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