Clint Eastwood is one of the most renowned directors in Hollywood today, but his films can be an acquired taste. Some consider his work dull, while others announce them as cinematic legend. His latest collaboration with Matt Damon (Invictus) on Hereafter finally has a trailer and it gives both sides fuel for their respective fires.
Eastwood’s 35th film as director is a supernatural thriller – a far cry from his typical reality-based stories. But the trailer for Hereafter looks and feels just like the moody, thought-provoking work he has presented in years past.
In fact, the trailer already delves deep into the plot of Hereafter - instead of relying on exciting music and quick images to pump up the anticipation. This approach isn’t a total surprise – considering Eastwood’s film follow a similar technique.
Hereafter explores the afterlife through the interconnected actions of three people across the globe. You might recognize some of these tragic events instantly – specifically the deadly tsunami of 2004. Each are connected through George (Matt Damon), a psychic who can “genuinely talk with the dead.”
Watch the trailer below and uncover the meaning for yourself:
It will be interesting to see how Damon and Eastwood’s continue to collaborate after Invictus. After all, Matt Damon did get an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor as a result of his performance.
While Damon is the central figure in Hereafter, it is likely more about the three supporting characters. The film relies on three intertwined plots – the relationship between George (Damon) and his girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard), a reporter (Cecilia de France) who experiences the horrifying 2004 tsunami, and a young boy who is torn from his twin brother by the death.
On a lighter note, I couldn’t help but think of Miles from Lost when reading the plot. The story is feels like a spin-off film about the abrasive, talk to the dead, spiritualist. If you stripped Miles of his trademark humor, replaced Ken Leung with Matt Damon and put Eastwood in the director’s chair, I imagine you’d get something like Hereafter. I know it is a stretch, but the resemblance was overpowering.
What do you think about the trailer for Hereafter. Are you more or less intrigued now that you have seen the first glimpse of Eastwood’s latest?
Hereafter hits theaters on October 22nd, 2010.