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AFTER.LIFE
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Reviewed by: Mike Catalano

Directed by: Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo

Starring:
christina ricci
liam neeson
justin lon

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Extras:  
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What's it about
Christina Ricci died and is now in a funeral home awaiting her burial... but why is she talking with mortician Liam Neeson?! Is she really dead? Or is Darkman f*cking with her?

Is it good movie?
First off, I've gotta say that Liam Neeson could probably be in a movie where all he does is follow a snail and I'd still enjoy it. The man must be considered by now a screen legend. It's the voice, the delivery, the towering height, the dude is just effortlessly and sadistically watchable. Hence, AFTER.LIFE already scores some big-time points for having ol' Qui-Gon on screen front and center.

Another aspect that again, deserves some major meritable mentioning in AFTER.LIFE's favor is the inclusion of a sleekly-toned, sweetly-voiced, often fully nude Christina Ricci. I remember maybe about five years ago when Ms. Ricci was up high on everyone's hottie radar. And then it just sort of seemed like she disappeared for a spell. With AFTER.LIFE, I can confidently state that the woman is back with a sexy vengeance. I'm not trying to promote necrophilia or anything, but she is one hot corpse(?).

Since I'm plowing through the film's actors, I might as well mention Justin Long's performance. This dude really is carving out quite a niche in our beloved genre and that's cool with me. He can do geeky and leading man with an approachable charm that just seems to sit well with horror. And yes, Justin delivers nicely in AFTER.LIFE too, playing Ricci's grieving boyfriend.

So with all these great actors in AFTER.LIFE, does it culminate into a good flick? Well, yes, I do believe it does. This is one eerie, captivating, and thought-provoking piece of film-making. And this was director, Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo's first flick! I'd definitely keep an eye on this woman for great things in the future. Sure, the pace of AFTER.LIFE is a tad on the slow side, but that really doesn't take much away from its gripping watchability. Whenever a genre flick takes the time to attempt to bring about an emotional response amidst its thrills, props need to be given. Sure, the ending leaves a tad up to the imagination, but most ends do seem to be pretty neatly tied up. This is one you should check out and see for yourself (but I doubt you'll be majorly disappointed).

Video / Audio
Video Widescreen 2.34:1

Audio English with Spanish subtitles.

The Extras
A nice behind the scense featurette that has director, Wojtowicz-Vosloo doing a nice job of explaining the flick.

A nicely in-depth commentary from director/co-writer, Wojtowicz-Vosloo. Very nice hearing how much she cared about her debut film.

The flick's trailer

Last Call
A very fascinating thriller with great performances all around. A tad slow, but worth the wait. And an unbelievably naked turn by Christina Ricci, who's made a nice return to form.

ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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