June 3, 2009
This is My shortest review of any movie "This Movie Sucks".
November 29, 2011
A rather remarkable low-budget psychological horror thriller. The basic idea underlying the story has been done many times before in literature and cinema but this is a very good contemporary take on that classic literary trope. This is a story about grief, regret, guilt, and the pain for self and others when we can't or won't move on following a tragic loss. The film makes very good use of real world settings -- especially the Moscow Metro. The acting is very good if occasionally more than a little histrionic but that is in service of the story's surrealism. Some reviewers have complained of the shaky camera work but much of that is a matter of Blair Witch Project (or Ghost Hunters) style pseudo-realism, while the rest is conversely in service of promoting the tension and surrealism of action and horror scenes. If you want a simple story with a feel good ending this is not a film for you.
September 8, 2011
I'm still a little confused by this movie. I think it is truly made to be confusing. However, there are so many things that interfere with the premise of someone going to corners of the world for extreme sports or urban exploring to suppress the loss of a daughter. But the story itself is one of the first things that gets in the way. The guy's wife is with him and she doesn't seem to care much at all.
It goes with a very point of view using vision cams as they go into worlds that may be ghostly, but appear to be nothing at all. Some of it may have been budget, but a lot appears to be conscience decisions. The shaky camera, odd effects, jumping from place to place, it all just distracts. And in the end, I am not afraid to say, I didn't really get it.
February 13, 2013
This movie would have benefit from someone who knew how to operate a camera properly. The cinematography is gut-wrenchingly bad. If it were better, it might have made the film remotely watchable.
September 2, 2012
White knuckle film. Fantastic! I couldn't tell insanity from memory from fact.
April 18, 2010
This low-budget horror by director David L. Cunningham is somewhat of a mind fuck, with a story that could of been pretty good it was wrongly executed and let down on a number of levels.
After... tells the story of 3 people, Jay, Nate and Addy. Nate and Addy are married and have recently lost their child. They are also a bunch of 'urban explorers' who go to places sealed off to the public as a sort of sport. They decide to go to Russian underground metro in search of Stalins 'METRO2' and Ivan the Terribles torture chambers. But everything doesn't go exactly to plan...
I thought the basis for this film was pretty good and while I have a lot of faults to pick with the rest of the film, this was probably the best idea. Through-out the film, they are mainly searching the areas until a number of things happen. Nate starts to hallucinate brought on by the guilt of the death of his child, I wasn't sure if this had any connection with the radiation poisoning which was never actually explained which 'caused the death of both Addy and Nate.
The acting was mediocre at best and while sometimes belivable, ultimately it was dissapointing. This fused with the confusing camerawork which couldn't decide if it wanted to take a third person prospective or found footage style of filming and the fast paced, annoying editing really frustrated me through-out the whole film. The soundtrack was completely wrong, taking an elecontric and in some places dancey sound which didn't fit at all with the theme of the film. The special effects were dire and while this film had its creepy moments, it was pretty much a failure.
After... would of worked well as a college student project but not as a consumer product. I wouldn't complain if it was given free through the internet but I know I wouldn't pay for this. While to give the film some credit, the story for the first 20 minutes was reasonably strong but in the end, it all went to shit.