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Movie Review: XX
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).
Audio English with Spanish subtitles.
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