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Aftershock [Import]

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  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Radius
  • Release Date: Aug. 6 2013

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea for a horror movie, disappointing and uneven results. May 13 2013
By S. Horn - Published on Amazon.com
Aftershock is a horror movie with a unique and interesting plot: A disaster set within a disaster movie. Imagine a Hollywood disaster movie, with a smaller budget, mixed with the horror we've come to expect from Eli Roth (albeit toned down), and you've got Aftershock. However, the movie doesn't live up to that crazy premise.

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. Cameos by Selena Gomez (one of the 'it' actors/actresses of the moment) and RZA (Roth's buddy apparently) are thrown in for good measure as well. We will most likely catch Lorenza Izzo and Andrea Osvart in other films after this, since attractive women tend to be casting director bait for horror movies of any kind.

The movie mainly relies on practical effects and creepy atmosphere, thanks to director Nicolas Lopez. There are bits of CGI, but it is used few and far between. Now this usually works in favor of horror movies, especially ones today that rely too much on computers, however, a movie with the premise above and a horror name like Roth attached to it warrant a lot more creative use of special effects, as much of the horror is implied rather than shown. Implied violence does play into this movie's favor in parts, such as when one of the young ladies is assaulted by freed prisoners. It works in certain horror movies, but a movie like this needs some good "OH S***" moments throughout to warrant a good time in the theater for the viewing experience. Those moments do exist however: one of the main character's death scenes, is quite vivid, and fits with what I was talking about. But some are definitely better than others.

This brings me to the biggest problem of this movie... The trailer (in this case, the red band trailer) is supposed to hype you up for a film, and put you in the seat come theater time. And this trailer did just that, providing enough of those aforementioned "OH S***" moments. The problem then? THE TRAILER SHOWS ENTIRELY TOO MUCH. The biggest and best money shots of the film had been previously shown in the trailer, leaving nothing to be shocked by or nothing new to the imagination. I won't spoil if for those that will still watch, but if you are already hooked by the description, do not watch the trailer, and just go see this movie. You will appreciate it much more if you don't know what's going to happen.

Eli Roth has an interesting track record. I really want to like this guy, because his passion for horror and film in general is very infectious. This does not translate with an abundance of movies that he's written and directed (Hostel 1 and 2) or produced (Aftershock, The Man with the Iron Fists, Hemlock Grove) and it is beginning to wear thin on my interest for him in general. He does have spots where his horror genius shine through (the fake trailer, Thanksgiving, from Grindhouse, or his roles in Piranha 3D and Inglorious Basterds). If you are a fan of his, or unique horror in general, I'd still wearily recommend this to you. It has enough to keep thrill seekers and gore hounds pleased, as long as you steer clear from any more than you have to watch before seeing the film. Nicolas Lopez has talent, so maybe next time he will make something that provides more than this film does.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun disaster film! July 13 2013
By Lisa Fremont - Published on Amazon.com
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Eli Roth is the main reason I was drawn to this movie:he has become a reliable horror film director/producer. Regular set up; friends are on vacation and looking for fun. An earthquake hits and leaves a trail of dead bodies and sets loose the convicts in the prison. The only complaint I have about this movie is the "rape scene". The director is adamant that there is not a "frame of rape" in the movie, but I really don't see how it can be viewed any other way. I found it disappointing simply because Eli Roth's name was also attached to the film; his films have always been free of this kind of violence. Anyway, it's a fun disaster movie with an especially awesome ending.
19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Natural Disaster Torture Porn May 12 2013
By NoDoubt84 - Published on Amazon.com
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What ever happened to watching a movie to get some type of fun or enjoyment out of it? Eli Roth happened. The film Aftershock is pretty much Hostel with Eli Roth as the lead character instead of director. You will leave this movie with a feeling of despair, and hopelessness. If you are looking to feel this way save your money and watch the daily news.
With a slow start that leads into something that might be a thrilling disaster film turns into a sick tale of rape, brutality, a random Selena Gomez for 1 minute, and baby corpses. The special fx are comparable to a cheesy sci-fi flick you would find in the low budget section of Walmart's 5.00 DVD bin.
The only plus this feature had for it was attractive women, and a fun soundtrack. Other then that Aftershock was a pile of pure rubbish.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars SAY WHINE Aug. 29 2013
By The Movie Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Two fun loving guys (Ariel Levy, Nicolás Martínez) and Gringo (Eli Roth) meet a hot Russian model and her two European friends while vacationing in Chile. Character is built for half the film, about 10 minutes too long. We get to know the characters fairly well in this time and they are all flawed. The earthquake hits and anarchy reigns supreme as criminals escape from a prison.

Outside of Nicolas Martinez as a Chilean Zach Galifianakis, I found the film boring, even with the young hot chicks. I didn't feel the horror or terror of what is more like a bad street snuff film.

Not recommended even as a rental.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, rape. Brief nudity-Male butt nudity, scrots, woman with pasties.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very generic & nothing really amazing but it is entertaining & fun to watch. Don't expect too much & you will like it. I say B- June 28 2013
By Tony Heck - Published on Amazon.com
"Without you we are going to die. I don't know where I am, we don't speak Spanish." Three friends travel to South America for a fun and relaxing vacation. One night while out at a club they met a group of women and begin to pair off. What starts out as a fun and promising night takes a terrifying turn when they are involved in an earthquake. Things then start to get worse and worse for the group. This surprisingly is a movie that I didn't really expect anything from. When the biggest name in the movie is Eli Roth, as an actor not a director, there really isn't much hope for goodness. While I can't say the movie is good it was entertaining and found myself having a good time watching it. The best way to describe this is that the whole movie has the feel of the beginning of Hostel or Turistas. Showing the friends having fun in a foreign country and not realizing the horror that is coming. Unlike those movies though there is no cutting people up, but if you like those two movies then this one is for you. Nothing else to say really, pretty generic but it is entertaining at least. Overall, this was better then expected but still very generic. I give it a B-.

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