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The plot: Three friends (one of which is portrayed by Eli Roth) party in Chile. We spend the first half of the film meeting these guys, and learning about each of them. They meet a trio of women, and party with them throughout Chile too, both sightseeing and club hopping. While in an underground dance club in the city, an earthquake hits. Following that initial earthquake, we follow the survivors as they face many obstacles, including aftershocks from the initial blast, missing limbs, looters in the streets, loud storm sirens signalling an incoming tsunami, and freed prisoners who escaped when the initial earthquake opened up the prison. It sounds more complicated than it is, and the movie is pretty straight forward. The build-up to the disaster takes forever though, and we spend half of the film meeting the characters before the earthquake, when 20 minutes would have done the trick.
There isn't much to note in terms of acting, as no one stands out, but no one is annoying enough to warrant loads of complaints. Usually with a film like this, actors find themselves in the difficult position of not being able to act and reading a really terrible script. Not the case here, as it is just what it is. The tone and acting can be strange at times given the dire circumstances the characters find themselves in, but I did not find it to be enough to take me out of the film.Read more ›
This movie is about a random group of people in Chile who experience a massive earthquake and then must deal with the horrific aftermath, including aftershocks, looting, crumbling buildings, and general anarchy. The movie is notable for refusing completely to follow any kind of traditional story conventions. I can't decide if they were trying to be avant-garde or if they thought it would lend the story (as much as there is any kind of story) more impact, but a lot of choices left me scratching my head. For instance:
-- Nothing happens for thirty minutes. We meet three guys -- Gringo is white and Ariel and Pollo are Spanish/Latin American -- who are partying hard down in South America. They party and talk about/hit on girls and dance for about thirty minutes.Read more ›
The three friends are concerned with little else other than meeting women at local clubs and soon connect with Russian model Irina, party girl Kylie (Lorenza Izzo) and her stern sister Monica. Roth and director Nicolás López essentially waste the first 30 minutes of the film following this uninteresting cast of characters travelling from club to club, drinking, dancing, and playing childish pranks on each other. The film tries your patience so much that you begin to hope the impending earthquake just ends things quickly.
Once the earthquake hits, killing many in the club, the six friends flee but find themselves trapped within the city. As if the earthquake was not bad enough, sirens warn of an incoming tsunami and the walls of a local prison have been destroyed, spilling its dangerous convicts onto the streets where they rob, rape, or murder anyone who crosses their path. The group’s only hope is to make their way through a cemetery and to a local church which is rumored to have tunnels that can lead them to safety.
Aftershock was originally slapped with an NC-17 rating and had to be re-edited to get an R rating. Look, Roth loves this crap.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I recently watched The Green Inferno, which was also an Eli Roth film, and came across Aftershock which I decided to watch. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Brian E. Oliver
Undistinguished film by Nicholas Lopez finds three vacationing (?) friends looking for hot chicks and fun parties as they tour the hot spots of Chile in search of a good time... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Leslie Karen Rigsbey
I only use the star system to rate movies and books because who knows who I am and why would you listen to me?Published 25 days ago by Casper
Wasnt what i thought it was going to be but it was still good.Nice acting job by the actors,suspenseful but depressing at times.Published 1 month ago by Ariana
This movie was very vulgar, graphic and the ending sucked. Sorry I hated it.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
this film was based on an actual event that happened in chile 5 years ago.Published 3 months ago by andemoine winrow
Liked this better than his latest movie. Although a bigger budget than Cabin Fever, and more action, the players and ending are very similar.Published 3 months ago by MB