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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Boring Movie with Messy Screenplay, Senseless Story, Nice Cinematography and Lots of Fake Reviews Promoting It in IMDb

2/10
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
29 October 2013

The crime photographer Joe MacCormack (John Mellencamp) is tired of his profession and he quits his job and he visits his Aunt Cora (Louise Fletcher) that has raised his brother and him since they were boys. Joe meets the deaf Laura (Terrylene), who helps his aunt in housekeeping and has premonitions of death, and they feel attracted for each other. Meanwhile a serial-killer is threatening Laura.

"After Image" is a boring movie with messy screenplay, senseless story, nice cinematography and lots of fake reviews promoting it in IMDb. Nothing that happens in this movie is clear. Joe apparently has seen so many murders that he can not bear his profession; or is it a trauma? What is the purpose of his brother in the story? Laura has premonitions and again, no explanations for her ability. Who is the serial-killer and what connection does he have with Joe and Laura. What has happened with the videotape that the killer had sent to Joe and is erased when he goes to the police? In the end, this movie does not explain anything along 92 minutes running time. Before reading any favorable review in IMDb, see the only review of those who are writing to avoid being disappointed like I am. My vote is two.

Title (Brazil): "Visões da Morte" ("Visions of Death")

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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

so-so thriller, but doesn't deserve to have been held back from release this long

5/10
Author: FieCrier from Upstate New York
30 December 2004

I saw this at a meeting of the Upstate Independents in Troy, New York.

The movie was OK from what I recall. I did like how there was a lot of sign language in the movie. Mellancamp's girlfriend speaks it, and he speaks it with her. Mellancamp plays a crime scene photographer who is tired of it, tired of everything perhaps. At one point he dumps some of his photos off a bridge into a river.

A killer who is obsessed with video (he's surrounded by TV sets in a warehouse) takes an interest in Mellancamp. He sends a message to Mellancamp on a videotape, and Mellancamp has a problem when he takes the video to the police - I thought that was clever.

The killer has a job as an egg sorter. I think the person showing the film to us (not the director) was asked about that, and I guess it was because the director thought it was an interesting job he'd never seen in a movie before, and also the idea of "good eggs" and "bad eggs" and the humor of having a "bad egg" in charge of that.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

It's the Screenplay That's the Problem

3/10
Author: Daniel Krause (danielkr@darkmeat.name) from United States
5 December 2011

Hollywood is full of people who have taken basic screen writing courses, people who have been forced to see everything in terms of 3-act structure and what the protagonist wants and how he acts to achieve his goals. You can't swing a dead cat in the movie biz without hitting someone who has this stuff burned into their cerebral cortex.

But somehow the producers did.

If you don't know about classic screenplay structure it's just a boring movie that seems longer than its 91 minutes, but if you do it's a fascinating series of bad decisions. I was considering adding spoilers here but I'm not even sure you can spoil this story. It's an anti-story.

The plus is that the photography is really quite lovely. If you are a trained CINEMATOGRAPHER, you might think this is pretty good.

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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

Interesting, Unusual Thriller

8/10
Author: Tommypest
25 August 2005

Manganelli has crafted an intriguing tale with an off-beat rhythm. Mellencamp is not great, and probably weighs the story down, but the other players (Terrylene & Louise Flecthcer) are in good form. Not all the film's threads and themes get wrapped up neatly by the end, but the ambiguity and lingering unease actually works with this different take on the genre. Definitely worth a look, even though it doesn't quite accomplish everything it sets out to do. There's also good use of upstate New York locations, and it's refreshing to see something that was not obviously faked in LA. Also recommended is the DVD extra about the film's unconventional financing and production.

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7 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

After Image should have received more attention!

9/10
Author: Molly Ferryman (mferryman@yahoo.com) from United States
12 August 2005

After hearing about "After Image" for several years and waiting for it to be released on DVD, I finally was able to get my hands on a copy of this movie (fair warning to see this movie you will have to order it or rent it via one of those DVD movie places online). This movie was very smart and definitely should have received more attention than it did. The performances were incredible and I am just not saying that because I am a huge John Mellencamp fan. For its budget, After Image has the look and feel of any $50 million Hollywood major release. In fact, it is a much better movie than most major Hollywood releases I've paid to see recently. The cinematography is amazing and there is an underlying tension in this movie that keeps you guessing until the end. It is a character driven indie thriller with more going on than meets the eye. Definitely worth checking out!

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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Outstanding Film!

10/10
Author: Erick from Los Angeles
11 March 2002

One of Manganelli's best work! Had the opportunity to watch the film at the Sundance. A Visually stunning movie. The images haunted me... even in my dreams! What made the film especially powerful is the stellar performance by Terrylene. Manganelli makes excellent use of mirror imagery in the film to present a sense of surreal scenes.

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9 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

A beautiful, intelligent film.

Author: james_lane from Los Angeles
12 November 2002

Robert Manganelli's After Image employees an extraordinarily rich cinematic palette. Relying on a sophisticated use of sound and image, often working on different expressive planes, After Image brings together two characters at crossroads in their lives. Joe, understatedly played by John Mellecamp, is a crime scene photographer who can no longer find meaning in his difficult career and decides to return to his childhood home. Laura, beautifully played by Terrylene, is a deaf woman who experiences premonitions. Her most recent visions bring her physically and spiritually close to Joe as they attempt to find and stop a vicious serial killer who preys on the innocent.

There are a number of points that should be brought out. As director, Manganelli is in complete control of his medium and knows from scene to scene, moment to moment, where to lead an audience. Moreover, the subtle undertones of this film, slowly developed in rich poetic ways, makes it so much a cut above the ordinary American film offerings. Exquisitely using the backdrops of western New York and specifically the city of Rochester (home to Eastman Kodak), Manganelli reflects on the genuine human connections people make at very desperate moments in their lives. This is a film about being vulnerable, being melancholy, and also a film about extraordinary human acceptance and forgiveness.

You will not be disappointed in this film. You will walk away knowing you have just seen a film directed and acted by people who clearly are very talented and know how to make intelligent films. You will also not be able to forget it because, like many great films, After Image speaks to you long after you have left the movie theater.

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8 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Outstanding Film!

10/10
Author: Erick from Los Angeles
11 March 2002

One of Manganelli's best work! Had the opportunity to watch the film at the Sundance. A Visually stunning movie. The images haunted me... even in my dreams! What made the film especially powerful is the stellar performance by Terrylene. Manganelli makes excellent use of mirror imagery in the film to present a sense of surreal scenes.

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6 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

artful, beautifully made, looking forward to seeing more of manganelli's work

9/10
Author: films2watch from United States
28 September 2005

if you watch this movie expecting to see a typical Hollywood thriller, you will be disappointed. if you like artful films that don't spoon feed, you'll like "AfterImage" it's a beautifully shot film that betrays its 1.4 million dollar budget. i would like to have seen someone else in the lead (other than mellencamp) though. mellencamp just doesn't have much acting talent or screen presence and he does weigh down the story. terrylene however, is exceptional and someone i could watch all day. she jumps off the screen. billy burke is great and zelnicker's creepy.

manganelli's visuals are pretty impressive. the story's visual narrative tells more than the dialog. it's a poetic film that exploits a certain emotional logic. it stays with you in the way a dream might.

the film isn't for everyone. but neither are some of the films from David lynch, Antonioni, or Cronenberg. manganelli certainly has his signature and i am looking forward to seeing more of his work.

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7 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Spiritual battles

10/10
Author: Ruffledreynolds from Portland
28 August 2002



How is one man's search for inner peace related to a series of violent crimes? That is the premise of "After Image", a lushly visual film that attempts to depict the relationship between what is real, what is tangible to what is unseen, to the spiritual forces that battle against each other for the world, and for the soul.

Kudos to Terrylene for her amazing portrayal as Laura, a woman haunted by visions and dreams connecting her to the killer, the crimes and to Joe. Oscar-worthy work!

Through the use of symbolism, Manganelli portrays Joe as a man haunted by the shadows of the past, hiding in the present behind the lens of a camera. Laura holds the keys to Joe's future by giving him a chance to solve a series of terrible crimes -- as well as the mysteries of his own heart.

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