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After the Dark [Blu-ray]

3.3 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews

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Faced with an impending nuclear apocalypse, a group of twenty college students must determine which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race. The decision quickly becomes deadly as each in the group turns against each other in a desperate fight for survival.

Product Details

  • Actors: James D'Arcy, Bonnie Wright, Rhys Wakefield, Jacob Artist, Sophie Lowe
  • Directors: John Huddles
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Phase 4 Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2014
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I30MPYS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,612 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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So my wife really, really wanted to watch this movie after seeing the trailer. "It's about philosophy and the apocalypse! We'll love it!" Congratulations, trailer people. You got us good that time. We'll never see that six bucks again.

This film seems like a great idea. An exploration of basic philosophy and ethics through the visualization of thought experiments? Cool! But this is about philosophy in the way that 'Matrix Revolutions' was about philosophy: pretension, doublespeak, explosions, and electronica masquerading as deep thought.

In this movie, a couple dozen Abercrombie models in their mid-20s pretend to be actors pretending to be high school students (to be fair, some actually are actors). On the last day of Model School, their philosophy teacher springs a thought experiment on them: what if the world were ending and each of them had to decide which 10 people to save? The teacher (who can't make up his mind whether he's teaching logic, philosophy, ethics, Reader's Digest Brain Teasers, or brooding) might have been expected to introduce concepts like this before the last day, but hey.

Their thought experiment is then visualized and narrated (in its broad strokes) through three iterations in which the students -- and the audience -- become increasingly frustrated. The 'philosophy' 'discussion' is a train wreck of unexamined preconceptions, assumptions, and commitments that goes from bad to worse to utterly incoherent. Why is principled nonparticipation ruled out of court? Why does everyone (even the token religious guy) automatically go along with the materialist-utilitarian agenda without comment? Why is the only alternative to materialist utilitarianism presented as hedonistic narcissism?
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Interesting movie, fine and talented young cast, except for the "main" actress, Sophie Lowe, not much in the way of facial expressions or emotions. Standout performance is by her "boyfriend" played by Rhys Wakefield. Okay, what is it about? Philosophy. A class of 20 students in Djakarta (why there, I don't know)are challenged by their teacher to undergo an imagined experiment of "what if" the world was ending and only 10 can survive in the bunker...who would be saved and why? it is interesting but also clouded at times, you get 3 different doomsday scenarios (scenery is gorgeous). I won't tell you how they wind up but if you like to be challenged and forced to think about a movie, this is for you.
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It's pretty hard to come across a different way to tell a story as a movie these days, and when it's attempted there will always be those who don't like the new concept. After the Dark isn't a story about a group of young attractive people actually surviving an atomic war, instead it's a classroom of teenagers and their teacher role playing their discussion. The teacher discusses a few other moral questions before getting to the big one such as a tram is hurtling down the track, after a switch which you have time to get to and pull, on it's current course it will run over three people tied to the track, but you can divert it onto another track with just one person. Should you pull the lever? The big question and main point of the movie has the teacher asks the students to draw profile cards out of a box of characters with different occupations, which they will each become. They then also just happen to be next to an underground bunker, the bunker has enough food and oxygen for ten people to survive a year, there are twenty people in the group, plus the teacher who only tells them he's a wild card. Who should go into the bunker, being that the atomic war is global, and apart from a few other bunkers around the world, everyone else will likely perish?

This scenario is something most people will have done themselves, or will have to do at some time in their life so it's interesting to watch it as a movie. I've been to many job interviews where the first round of the process is a group interview, and you have to do a similar scenario such as you are on a sinking ship and have to decide who will get to go into the lifeboat.
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Loved the way they tried living it out through different scenarios. Makes you wonder, if I was going to put together a crew together to survive after the big war, who would I pick? A couple of good twists, well worth watching. Cinematography/filming on par with American films, not a "low budget" indie by any means.
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I actually enjoyed the film a lot, glad I watched it in spite of the many negative reviews. Interesting twists along the way, interesting scenarios put forth. It isn't going to break new ground in philosophy circles, but it isn't meant to. In the same way an action movie isn't meant to win a nobel prize, but is good fun all the same. I'm not sure what some of the other reviewers expected from this. They act like they were expecting the second coming of Christ, instead of a moderately above average, fun time. :)

Only one thing really broke it for me, which made no sense. I think I can say it this way without spoiling anything... their solution to the bunker code problem was ridiculous and nonsensical. :)
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