If you want something creepy and suspenseful to watch, After Life will fail you. The premise is actually good – You see funeral arrangements all the time, there’s this creepy mortician payed by Liam Neeson and there’s this school teacher who doesn’t know if she’s really dead or not.
The problem with the film is that it’s too unsettling, it’s always hanging, and it gets boring. It leads back and forth and back and forth as to whether you should believe that Neeson’s character is a psychotic man who brainwashes and kills people or not – and if Ricci’s character is in fact already a ghost or not. If you do make a conclusion however, the film gets entirely boring because there’s really no conflict present, everything becomes predictable.
Frankly, the acting from both Neeson and Ricci, and Justin Long – and it’s presentation of gore and nudity in the part of Ricci was stylish. It’s actually initially creepy and intriguing but the slow pacing fails to hold its appeal. And frankly, it would do fine without the nudity if only it had its fair share of fearsome thrills (come to think of it, it didn’t do well with the nudity).
I have loved Christina Ricci in Penelope, and Liam Neeson in Unknown and Taken, but I don’t like them in After Life.