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Aftershock: Earthquake in New York

4.4 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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New York, the City That Never Sleeps, is trapped in a nightmare of horror and destruction when a massive earthquake rocks the unsuspecting city. Countless lives are lost, families are torn apart, and chaos runs rampant as the Mayor (Charles S. Dutton) and former Fire Chief (Tom Skerritt) race to enact a city-wide emergency plan. The two men also face personal devastation and uncertainty as their own family members lie buried in the toppled infrastructure. Sharon Lawrence, Lisa Nicole Carson and Cicely Tyson also star in this incredible story of undying courage in the face of unimaginable human tragedy.

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  • Actors: Tom Skerritt, Sharon Lawrence, Charles S. Dutton, Lisa Nicole Carson, Jennifer Garner
  • Directors: Mikael Salomon
  • Writers: David Stevens, Chuck Scarborough, Loren Boothby, Paul Eric Myers
  • Producers: David Stevens, David V. Picker, Jonathan Starch
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OKQZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,398 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Aftershock: Earthquake in New York" on IMDb

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If you are in any doubt as to how good this film is, then ask yourself the question "why are people discussing the scientific fact behind the storyline?" The special effects are more than convincing and you really do get the feeling that you could be watching an earthquake in progress. If anyone out there questions the possibility of earthquakes in Manhattan, then maybe you should refer to the following ...I live in the United Kingdom, where earthquakes can not happen, tornados never happen and the possibility of hurricanes is "laughable" as one 1987 forecaster said. In 1987, we had a hurricane, in 1998 we had tornadoes and this year, we suffered a minor earthquake. Never say never.
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I enjoyed the VHS version and was greatly surprised - and pleasantly so - when I discovered the DVD had a more complete version of the movie -- I really liked the interaction between Tom Skerritt and Charles Dutton's characters -- Action was nicely paced and the characters were great to follow in their individual story lines - a great blending of characters -- loved the ending -- really need to see it.
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It's ironic that in this 1999 film. the Twin Towers remain standing after the devastating earthquake that tumbles the powerful city to its feet. A t.v. movie originally aired on NVC, AFTERSHOCK is directed well by Mikail Solomon and has a fine cast. The script is typical vignettes of several people and how they deal with the quake, but it is well written and performed, and adds the requisite human touch to the film. The overall acting is very good: Tom Selleck as the disgruntled fire chief who is having an ongoing political battle with Mayor Charles S. Dutton; Jennifer Garner as a ballet wannabe who meets up with a Russian cabby; Sharon Lawrence is very good as a mother whose carelessness rendered her little boy an invalid; Lisa Nicole Carson as an up and coming lawyer who gets an alleged murderer off the hook only to doubt his innocence; Cicely Tyson as the feisty mayor's mother who turns a street kid into a young man; and many actors whose names I can't recall who did a fine job in the storyline.
The earthquake sequence is devastating and very convincing. The movie is one of those "feel good" movies, that works.
Not your average made for TV fare.
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A major earthquake hits New York City! It makes a great movie, actually. I first saw this movie on television and a huge portion had been cut out, though I didn't know it at the time. When I would see photos of the video of it, it showed the head from the Statue of Liberty, lying the harbour. I used to wonder why they used that picture, since it didn't happen in the movie, but it actually does happen; they just cut that part out. In fact, they cut out so much that made the movie make better sense, that I am amazed that I even liked it before I saw the uncut version. There are a bunch of subplots going on in this movie. Jennifer Garner (I think that's her name) plays a young ballerina in the NYC ballet, whose father is killed and who spends most of the movie trying to find her mother, trailed by a young cab-driver who has only lived in the country a short while and has decided to become her personal body-guard. There's the mother and son story, the fire-chief and mayor fighting story, the fire-chief's daughter story, the mayor's daughter story, the mayor's mother story, and the dad trying to get back home story. So it's a pretty action-filled movie, in some ways. But basically, it's a disaster movie filled with stories of people who are enduring a horrific event and even rise above it, learning that they are stronger than they thought they were and they can survive. Some people might say the idea of an earthquake in NYC is a little contrived, but earthquakes have been known to occur in odd places and anything's possible. Don't look for an Oscar-Worthy plot; just good dramatic, "disaster movie" entertainment. I've watched it several times and still enjoy it.
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As an avid sci-fi/action genre maven who likes special effects, I was very surprised that a low budget movie did so well in cinematography. A well written and acted script,and very good special effects lends some credibility to having a powerful earthquake in a relatively low risk zone. It was eerie seeing the Trade Center again (as so many movies do), suffer damage other than terrorist driven. The main complaint about the DVD is that it is not widescreen. Being a TV movie, one would not expect widescreen, but the jewelcase description says "formatted to fit your TV", thus it leads one to believe that a widescreen exists. Still, I enjoyed the film and actually believe the special effects to be better than in "Earthquake".
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We have been buying used disaster movies to watch recently (as there is absolutely NOTHING on TV left to watch but lame Reality Shows!) We purchased this one thinking it was going to be another "good-BAD Movie"

In a "Good-BAD Movie":
1. the storyline is ridiculous
2. the acting is laughable
3. the supposed special effects are just terrible

If you have all 3, it all adds up to a really fun movie to watch. The pinnacle of this type of flick is "Dantes Peak" - THE BEST "Good-BAD Movie" of all time! (Some of the better GBMs are directed or produced by Giancola by the way)

Aftershock was not any of the 3. It ended up being pretty good. Understand that we were going in with absolutely NO expectations of "good" anything. So, it was surprisingly a pretty decent TV movie with pretty good acting. It is really unbelievable that the S.E. were late 1990s - it seemed better then what is out there now. (not all of it - but a lot of it!)
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