While you might be constantly wondering whether she is actually dead or alive, it isn't too difficult to predict how it's going to end up. It plays everything safe and doesn't break out, hence why it's just an average movie.
Christina Ricci stars as Anne, a troubled young girl who happens to be stuck in between life and death after a horrific car accident one night. Now at the local funeral home, the only person who can see and talk to her is Eliot Deacon (Liam Neeson). Using his special gift, he tries to comfort the dead and help them transition to the after life smoothly. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case as Anne isn't ready to be forgotten.
Anne isn't the only one who thinks she is still alive. Her boyfriend Paul (Justin Long) is determined to find the truth and when he confronts Deacon, he is convinced that something weird is going on. Is he simply going crazy after the love of his life tragically died or is there more than meets the eye?
Being buried alive is one of our worst fears for most of us. The loneliness, the desperation, the inability to do anything; these are all portrayed by Ricci in the film. As far as pyschological thrillers go, After.Life is simply average. While you might be constantly wondering whether she is actually dead or alive, it isn't too difficult to predict how it's going to end up. It plays everything safe and doesn't break out, hence why it's just an average movie.
Liam Neeson does an excellent job as the creepy mortician. At times he appears comforting but then there are those moments of rage and aggression that make him more of a pyschopath. He's a guy you want to like but still feel just a tad bit awkward around. Ricci on the other hand doesn't have to do much for her role. The fact that she's fully naked for about 80% of the film should be enough for any guy to purchase a ticket, whether she's a corpse or not. Justin Long gets his fair share of screen time too but when he's not crying or smacking 11 year old kids back to preschool, he's pretty dull.
After.Life fails to shock or awe yet still provides some satisfaction. Visually, the drab colors, with the exception for the color red, bring out the deathly atmosphere of being in a mortuary. Even though it's rather predictable, it is enjoyable to watch. Maybe not in the theaters, but definitely worth a rental when it comes to DVD and Blu-ray in a few months.