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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 ›
Eli Roth, contrary to the "methods" of his friend Quentin Tarantino, is less of a control freak as both an actor and as a director and his work with this new team of Chilean collaborators is fantastic in terms of the movies having exciting color, movement, and energy...Roth-affiliated movies do get violent, but it would be wrong to say that they arrive without humor, and they are certainly entertaining. This Lopez-directed entry has a good pace, and the violent incidents are routine (to me) rather than paralyzing, but the story doesn't add up to much in the end. I suspect that the movie EARTHQUAKE (with Charlton Heston) was a cinematic reference point, but here I find the effort of this talented group to be rather slipshod and uneven. I like what Roth is doing in terms of creating modern thriller genre films (would anyone else have had the chutzpah to make a real cannibal movie in 2013 like Roth did?) but AFTERSHOCK is more like an afterthought than a well-worked out script. Antonio Quercia is one of the most underrated of thriller film cinematographers, and one can see the blazing quality of his lighting and framing in this film as well, even if it does fall short of the beautiful greens and sharp red tones found in THE GREEN INFERNO. AFTERSHOCK is a downer of a film in terms of its gradual build up to a rather pessimistic conclusion, but even for all of that it has more panache and more "cinema" in its veins than most of these other so-called better films as of late. C+
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Don't bother renting this movie, it stinks. I couldn't even finish watching it, it was so boring. A total waste of time and money.Published 1 month ago by Sandy
This is a fun movie to watch. A little gore, a little violence, and a lot of suspense.Published 1 month ago by hbmom
LOVE IT!!! BASED ON A REAL EARTHQUAKE!
i love what eli roth has been doing with his movies lately! WAS SHAKING AND QUIVERING THE WHOLE TIME! VERY SUSPENSEFUL!
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