Wednesday, April 7, 2010
AFTER.LIFE get some theatrical life, but full-length scare fests can be difficult
AFTER.LIFE, the cretinous collaboration between writer/director Agnieszka Woztowicz-Vosloo (shown below) and screenwriter Paul Vosloo, might be the ultimate Polish joke, with us viewers in the role of the butt. A creme-de-la-creme cast (Christina Ricci, Justin Long, Liam Neeson in the lead roles) tries its damndest to make hay while the dark gathers. Whatever decent moments the movie offers, thanks can be laid at this threesome's feet (with additional for the director of photography Anastas N. Michos).
Pâté (unseen by me) evidently created an award-winning stir nearly a decade back. The difference between filling 30 and 103 minutes can be daunting, however, and here the filmmakers simply grab a bunch of cliches and run with them, back and forth, back and forth, until you want to cry uncle, aunt and every distant relative you can think of that might stop the nonsense from continu-
ing. This insistently annoy-
ing, back-and-forth rhythm comes from the Vosloos' premise of an "Is she or isn't she?" plot device, the object of which, in this case, is "dead."
Would that there were more of these.
Kore-eda when you need him?!), from Anchor Bay Films, opens Friday, April 9, nationwide. I'll try to have a link to playdates, or at least a mention of cities and theaters, soon....