Clint Eastwood may be 80 years old, but he's still a great filmmaker.
His newest, "Hereafter" is a beautifully done movie that takes on a very important question: What happens after we die?
With quiet power the movie explores the lives of three people whose lives are consumed by that question.
"Hereafter" doesn't give ultimate answers, but it does provide an emotionally satisfying movie-going experience.
Matt Damon stars as a factory worker with a special power. When he holds someone's hands, he gets a vision of that person's loved one who has died. He can even hear what the departed wants to say to those left behind.
But he's not at all pleased with his ability. And that puts him at odds with his brother who wants to make money from it.
"You think just because I can make money doing this... just because I can, that I should do it," Matt says to his brother who replies, "Yeah, I do. I also think you have a duty to do it because you have a gift."
"It's not a gift, Billy, Matt says. It's a curse.
It's so much of a curse that it comes between him and a pretty young woman he's just getting to know when she insists that he do a reading on her and then wishes he hadn't.
There are two other main characters in "Hereafter."
Marie is a French reporter who nearly dies in a tsunami. Afterwards, she feels compelled to investigate near death experiences and what they mean.
And finally, there's a young boy who has lost his twin brother. The boy turns to Matt's character for help and eventually gets it. "If you're worried about being alone," Matt tells him, "don't be. You're not."
"Hereafter" is a touching film that deals with important questions that have no clear answers. It's the kind of movie that can make an audience feel glad to be alive.