|Afterlife in an airport terminal.|
When she’s pulled away from the gate of death by a couple of medics, things get vivid again. But thereafter, she keeps referring to this amazing transformative experience that she insists can’t possibly be explained in any other way than by the existence of a hereafter. The only amazing experience we saw, though, was in the here…and that was very cool. The “hereafter,” by comparison, was just a hardly-worth-writing-home-about dream.
And anyway, the experience people have just before they might have died says nothing more about death than conscious life does. Anyone who can describe a near-death experience didn’t die. Their heart and brain may have been in extraordinary states, which would explain their extraordinary experiences. But those states are no more like death than walking on the plank is like drowning.
I love a good movie about the afterlife; The Sixth Sense, for instance, is one of my favorites. So I was looking forward to Hereafter, which won singing reviews from the NYT and the SF Chronicle. If you want to know what the film is like, though, read David Denby’s thrashing in The New Yorker.