Aftershock (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Aftershock hints at an inventive twist on horror tropes, but ultimately settles for another round of mind-numbing depravity that may alternately bore and revolt all but the most ardent gore enthusiasts.


Movie Info

What happens to a group of travelers who are in an underground nightclub in Chile when a massive earthquake hits? Hint: Nothing good!

Rating: R (for strong bloody violence including rape, language, drug content and some nudity)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Eli Roth, Guillermo Amoedo, Nicolás López
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 6, 2013
Box Office: $40.2k
Runtime:
The Weinstein Company - Official Site

Cast


as Gringo

as Firefighter

as Bartender

as Russell Dazzle

as Cleaning Lady

as Grumpy Operator

as Bouncer

as Pregnant Woman

as Red Head Woman

as Flaite 1 - Adrián

as Flaite 2 - Cristofer

as Flaite 3 - Bairon

as Guide's Friend

as 8 Year Old Boy

as 10 Year Old Boy

as Dying Firefighter

as 6 Year Old Boy

as 4 Year Old Boy

as Hotel Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for Aftershock

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (19)

This Dimension pickup is a hectic, sometimes hilarious guilty pleasure that should delight genre geeks.

Full Review… | May 15, 2013
Variety
Top Critic

Was Aftershock just an elaborate ruse by writer-producer-star Eli Roth to justify an extended vacation to Chile?

Full Review… | May 13, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Is no continent safe from the blood-drenched paws of filmmaker Eli Roth?

Full Review… | May 10, 2013
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Aftershock's best attribute is the disregard it shows for the safety of its central "heroes" who perish in brutal and generally unexpected ways.

Full Review… | May 10, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

"Aftershock" is ultimately predictable in its litany of who lives and who dies, and doesn't try to be too ironic or self-reflexive about it.

Full Review… | May 10, 2013
Boston Globe
Top Critic

On the seismic scale of entertainment, "Aftershock" registers a 1.5.

Full Review… | May 10, 2013
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Aftershock

A nihilistic and cheap-looking exploitation crap that has Roth's repellent fingerprints all over it: mediocre dialogue, a bunch of detestable characters we all root to die and a huge amount of gratuitous violence and gore for the sake of mindless entertainment. In short, a waste of time.

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Carlos Magalhăes

Super Reviewer

Aftershock is garbage. It not only takes a while to get going, but once the earthquake hits, debauchery and mayhem of the most ridiculous kind ensues. While there is certainly the element that humans devolve into savages in response to a crisis, everything here is executed in the most heavy-handed, simple-minded, and uninteresting way possible.

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Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

Eli Roth's "Aftershock" should have been a frightening cinematic experience since I do live in earthquake country. But after forty minutes of needless setup, scene after scene of sequences which mimic those outrageously low budget SyFy Channel movies shown at two in the morning, and the fact that my suspicions of this films watchability were already high considering it was only produced (not directed) by Roth, it soon became clear that "Aftershock" was built on a foundation which literally fell apart at the seams.
Synopsis: A group of "young people" who seek an adventure (lead by non-actor Eli Roth himself) attempt to find it in a country outside of the United States. And then bad stuff happens. Does this plot sound like "Hostel" yet? Well, it is sort of "Hostel", in Chile, if the sadistic killers had been replaced by a natural disaster.
The problem with this film comes down to the simple fact that the duration of an earthquake is only a few seconds long. So, after said phenomenon occurs, the movie doesn't seem to know what to do with itself, as if Roth and friends hadn't come prepared with any other plot development which could sustain a feature length film. So, aside from a few smirk inducing social network jokes, an extremely short back and forth between Roth and one Selena Gomez and some minor suspenseful situations in the final 30 minutes, "Aftershock" is a generic and somewhat boring horror endeavor.
Final Thought: The ending is actually the best part of this movie, and I'm not even being sarcastic. The final twist used by writer/director Nicolas Lopez is pretty clever. But what one has to wade through to get to this finale is not at all worth the time. Besides, at the end of the day, "Aftershock" is a film where the faster you realize the kind of low grade production it is, the faster you may want to turn it off (or walk out).

Written by Markus Robinson, Edited by Nicole I. Ashland

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Markus Robinson

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