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After.Life (2009)

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After a car accident, a young woman caught between life and death meets a funeral director who claims to have the gift of transitioning the dead into the afterlife.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christina Ricci ... Anna Taylor
Liam Neeson ... Eliot Deacon
Justin Long ... Paul Coleman
Chandler Canterbury ... Jack
Celia Weston ... Beatrice Taylor
Luz Alexandra Ramos Luz Alexandra Ramos ... Diane (as Luz Ramos)
Josh Charles ... Tom Peterson
Rosemary Murphy ... Mrs. Whitehall
Malachy McCourt ... Father Graham
Shuler Hensley ... Vincent Miller
Alice Drummond ... Mrs. Hutton
Sam Kressner Sam Kressner ... Acne Kid
Doan Ly ... Teacher #1
Jack Rovello ... Tall Kid
Prudence Wright Holmes ... Old Woman #1
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Storyline

After a horrific car accident, Anna (Ricci) wakes up to find the local funeral director Eliot Deacon (Neeson) preparing her for her funeral. Confused, terrified and feeling still very much alive, Anna doesn't believe she's dead, despite the funeral director's reassurances she's merely in transition to the afterlife. Eliot convinces her he has the ability to communicate with the dead and is the only one who can help her. Trapped inside the funeral home, with nobody to turn to except Eliot, Anna's forced to accept her own death. But Anna's grief-stricken boyfriend Paul (Long) can't shake the suspicion that Eliot isn't what he appears to be. Written by Anchor Bay Films

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How do you save yourself when you're already dead? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for nudity, disturbing images, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2010 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

After Life See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,946, 11 April 2010

Gross USA:

$108,595

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,005,519
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The prop knife used by Anna (Christina Ricci), is the same one used by Alex (Glenn Close) in Fatal Attraction (1987). See more »

Goofs

(at around 16 mins) When Anna is lying down on the mortician's table as he takes her black dress off she is wearing black stockings but when he sets it down, on the next scene, her legs are naked. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Eliot Deacon: It's time now. You're absolutely beautiful for your funeral.
[crossing his hands]
Eliot Deacon: It's as if you were still alive. Just sleeping. This is how they're all going to remember you.
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Soundtracks

Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50 - Pezzo Elegiaco
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
Provided by Opus 1 Music
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Liam Neeson brings the dead to life in this film!!!!!
20 October 2010 | by zhennisSee all my reviews

After-Life embraces the mystery/thriller sub-genre of the drama genre's style and refuses to relent even up to and after its conclusion. The film relies on the question of whether or not those in the funeral home are dead or only being led to believe they are dead. Despite having evidence for both sides of this issue displayed throughout the film, you will be left to decide for yourself as to which side you believe. It is possible that both scenarios occur actively in the film. This film has a "Saw" style of lesson-learning involved in the story. It seems that the inability to love is the motive in After-Life whereas the inability to live life is Jigsaw's motive.

While the acting from Justin Long & Christina Ricci is on par with their other performances in recent history, Liam Neeson offer a performance that will rival his performance in Taken. Neeson is the reason this film is so suspenseful because he is able to create a character that can be viewed as delusional, insane, psychotic, or "gifted" without forcing the audience to believe only one of these characteristics.

Entertainment wise this film is not a blockbuster but connects many good directorial and cinemagraphical elements. The musical score is as eerie as John Carpenter's Halloween score. There is not much bad that can be said about this film. The shot choices are sensible and simple without being overtly creative. This is a film that allows the story to evolve on its own and the actors to the story its character.


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