Apple has the trailer for Clint Eastwood’s supernatural drama Hereafter.

Here’s the iTunes blurb:

Hereafter tells the story of three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways. Matt Damon stars as George, a blue–collar American who has a special connection to the afterlife. On the other side of the world, Marie (Cécile de France), a French journalist, has a near–death experience that shakes her reality. And when Marcus (Frankie/George McLaren), a London schoolboy, loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. Each on a path in search of the truth, their lives will intersect, forever changed by what they believe might—or must—exist in the hereafter.

It’s been a long time since a Clint Eastwood movie has really grabbed me and there’s nothing here to convince me that’s about to change, but hope springs eternal.

Hereafter which also stars Jay Mohr and Bryce Dallas Howard will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. It opens October 22.

Stream the trailer after the jump.

17 Responses to “Trailer: Matt Damon in Clint Eastwood’s ‘Hereafter’”

  1. “It’s been a long time since a Clint Eastwood movie has really grabbed me ..”

    Yeah, likewise. The last one that really wowed me was Invictus & that was like a whole year ago.

  2. First of all, the preview may be overselling it, but it looks like there are plenty of effects shots in the movie. On the one hand, the trailer doesn’t explicitly give away anything (I have about zero idea what the movie is about, especially with the various disasters occurring in the final minute), but it doesn’t excite me.

    And I’m calling it: the kid is Matt Damon AS A KID.

    (Probably not, but if it’s real, I called it.)

    Finally, as I said on another blog, this comes out in six weeks? Am I the only one who thinks they are waiting way too long to start marketing?

  3. Funny, Gary.

    Josh, for what it’s worth I had the same thought about the kid.

    The buzz around this film has been so quiet for so long, some folks have naturally been wondering if there’s something wrong with it. I doubt that, but we’ll find out in a couple of days when the critics see it at Toronto.

  4. I believe you can revise a couple of days to within 24 hours. I’m pretty sure the first press screening is at 3 eastern, tomorrow.

    I still need to watch Invictus, but to quote Roger Ebert, I hated hated hated hated Gran Torino. Also, I was pretty anti-Changeling, so hopefully, this one’s worth it.

  5. The last thing I liked from Eastwood was… Letters from Iwo Jima, xD

    I didn’t hate Flags, or Gran Torino… and Changeling was pretty meh. But I was really bored out of my mind with Invictus… especially disappointed with Freeman’s performance.

    Now is it me, or the effects on the trailer look a little bit weak? I didn’t even know Eastwood had something coming out this year.

  6. My first reaction is that the director doesn’t suit the material, but until I’ve seen more I’ll give Clint benefit of the doubt.

  7. Am I the only one who thinks they are waiting way too long to start marketing?

    It never ceases to amaze me that with all the enthusiasm and excitement usually surrounding anything Eastwood does that he can choose to produce an entire film seemingly out of thin air. He certainly knows how to work outside internet hype machine.

  8. I was ok with Invictus. Gran Torino was sloppy as hell, but it was fun seeing Eastwood drag out the Dirt Harry attitude one last time. I liked the first half of Changeling, but as soon as we found out what the mystery was all about it started to fall apart.

    Iwo Jima was almost great but was marred by some really heavy handed moments (the dog, the blood splashed photo).

    Flags…. ehh. I had great moments.

    Mystic River had its moments, but Sean Penn overdid it and the ending was terrible and I’m still waiting for an explanation of Bacon’s wife. I didn’t even like Laura Linney.

    I pretty much liked MIllion Dollar Baby against my better judgement.

  9. It’s true Joel, he just kind of seems to keep plugging along on his own schedule cranking out movies.

    Remember when Gran Torino was “announced” suddenly in Summer (and everyone thought it was going to be a Dirty Harry movie) and then it same out in December?

    People have had Hereafter on their radar for longer than that, but little has been known about it.

    Early Twitter murmurings about the Toronto screening point toward some kind of cinematic disaster (no pun intended), but I don’t put much stock in a handful of festival crickets.

  10. This is the first Eastwood flick that I have no desire whatsoever to see. Damon is o.k., but the dialogue is so trite, the special effects borderline ridiculous and the child actor–based on this trailer–looks horrible.

    I didn’t see Invictus either, but that was after seeing video clips of Freeman’s uneven accent and reading a number of lukewarm reviews.

    I feel like (Oscar) success has spoiled Clint Eastwood. Now every new film has to tackle *big* themes and feature actors speaking earnestly. Absolute Power and Blood Work didn’t set the world on fire, but they were entertaining, well-made films. Mystic River and MDB succeeded because they were small, unassuming films with great acting.

    Flags of Our Fathers, Changeling and (I’m assuming) Invictus failed because they were expansive, unfocused films that were too cumbersome to really be poignant.

    Of course, I could be totally wrong about Hereafter. I’ll be happy if I am.

  11. I’m lukewarm on this too. So far the most interesting thing about it is that in that photo above, Matt Damon looks like he’s aged about 25 years.

  12. I plan to see Hereafter and I hope it’s decent. More festival reviews suggest it’s better than a disaster, but not great.

    Still, like I said, I’m mistrustful of festival opinion. Especially Toronto because so many go in looking for the next Oscar they sometimes don’t see the trees for the forest.

  13. I thought Gran Torino was Eastwoods last production. In this movie one may think he is dealing with his own imminent death.

  14. Interesting point, Sasser. You sound like a Swedish James Lipton, there. :)

  15. First impressions from the trailer was The Sixth Sense meets 2012. I even thought of Damon as an old version of Haley Joel Osment. LOL

    also, Craig, I have a soft spot for Million Dollar Baby. xD

  16. I originally skipped MDB for some reason. Assumed it wasn’t my cup of tea I guess, but came back to it years later and surprised myself at how much I liked it.

  17. My friends took me to MDB, they told me “it’s not a movie about babies, and it’s not a movie about boxing” and that pretty much worked on me. LOL

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