***SPOILERS*** More of a murder mystery then supernatural movie "A Near Death Experience" comes across as two films in one. Railroad museum curator Ellie Daly, Amy Acker, suddenly loses consciousness and literally drops dead while biting into a macadamia nut, that she's allergic to, at a party.
Coming back to life a few hours later at the hospital Elllie has not only gotten a glimpse of the other side, death, but the power to be able to communicate with the dead. This ability has a number of wondering and disembodied souls contact Ellie in their attempt to have her help them finally find peace in telling their loved ones to let go, and sop grieving for them, and let them, the dead, as well as themselves go on with their "lives".
The movie at first has Ellie helping a number of people, including herself, in facing the sudden,by accident, death of a loved one. It's when the murdered Taylor Nicholson, Bronwer Booth, contacts Ellie that things really get scary. Taylor is certain that her husband Daniel, Steve Cumyn, murdered her in a fight over the custody of their son Jamie, Robert Naylon. Taylor whats Ellie, by contacting the police, to see her now fugitive from the law husband brought to justice. As things soon turn out Daniel, using the allies Dave Tanner, together with his son Jamie just happened to move into the apartment house that Ellie lives in!
***SPOILERS*** The movie has for the most part Ellie trying to get Daniel to turn himself into the police with her somehow knowing that he's innocent of his wife's murder. It's later on that the real reason for Taylor's murder comes to light which has to do with a multi-million dollar Medicare fraud that she, a doctor, was somehow unknowingly involved in.
Both the supernatural and crime mystery parts of the film hold together pretty will but it's a bit difficult to follow them when they intertwine with each other. This also makes Ellie a bit confused and silly when she's in contact with those from the world beyond and trying to convince, in the Taylor Nicholson's murder case, the police that she's really on to something without any evidence at all!
The really best parts of the film has to do with what Ellie learned after her near death experience early in the movie. This she learned mostly from her dearly departed boyfriend Brandan, James A. Woods, who was killed in a car crash with her behind the wheel: There's nothing wrong at all, in fact it's very normal, with grieving for those close to you that are gone. But after a brief mourning period you have to finally let go in order to go on with your own life. That's not only better for yourself but the person, that you miss very much, as well. It's then that he, or she, can finally get the eternal peace that death in the end offers him.