After Last Season Reviews
Matthew Andrews: So, picture a flat surface. Out of the surface, one letter rises.
Sarah Austin: From the alphabet?
Matthew Andrews: Yes.
SHAKESPEARE IN MODERN FORM DARN IT
After Last Season Is the worst movie ever made. People can easily say that the worst of the worst are films like Battlefield Earth, Jack & Jill, Mortal Combat: Annihilation, and many, many more. At least those movies had a point to them. When it comes to After Last Season, there is literally no competition for the most unfavorable. I don't even know what the plot is. The movie is that unclear, but I think it is a murder mystery. It achieved being unclear with bad sound, you can barely hear a single word the characters are saying! There are also a ton of scenes consistent of being one continuous shot where the camera doesn't move. Unless there is a random, three-second shot of a wall! This movie had some of the worst editing I've ever seen. It feels like it was put together with a free video-editing app on a phone. The set designs were even worse. Director Mark Region said that he hired real carpenters to make the sets, yet everything is made of cardboard and paper. A $5,000,000 BUDGET, AND THE SETS AND PROPS ARE MADE OF CARDBOARD!!!!!!!! And it gets worse!!! Almost all of the scenes were filmed in a house!!!!! AND THEY TRIED TO COVER UP THE WINDOWS WITH PAPER!!!!!!!! Those are hands-down, the worst sets ever put to screen!!! The actors were bad...Just plain bad. That is legit all I have to say about the acting. It was just bad. It ALSO had bad lighting. In every shot, whatever is being filmed has a shadow. A shadow that is almost more noticeable than the actual object!
Ok, so I just researched the plot. It is about two people who are using a machine to go through their thoughts to piece together a murder mystery. It's honestly not that bad of a plot, but throughout the film, you have no way of figuring it out, the movie is just so bad, that it can't explain crap! It just constantly made the plot look worse!!!!! Region tried to give some of the characters backstories, but none of them make any sense! Even if they did, they would still be pointless because their backstories aren't any good anyway! HOW CAN SOMEONE MESS UP CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT SO BADLY!?!?!?!?! Not only were they not clear, but the flow of the story doesn't make any sense! Nothing that the people do in the movie would anyone ever do in real life! Don't even get me started on the visual FX. It wasn't even CGI, Someone just messing around with a 3D modeler, and was just recording the screen!!! It got boring after a while. It was just unbelievable! This is a movie that is so bad, you need to watch it again to actually see how bad it really was. (fast-forward of course)
Set Designs: 0/100,000,000
Over all, After Last Season pissed me off because film-making is something I take seriously. This is the complete opposite of good film-making. 1/2 stars out of 5
If there are any good reviews, it is just the director writing them.
It is so erroneous that at least once every 100 frames, this film raises fundamental questions about the cinematic arts that no scholar at any university anywhere in the world would ever have though to ask, had it not come into existence. If a film-school graduate set out to deliberately make the most incomprehensibly wrong film s/he could possibly create, that person would still fail miserably to come anywhere near the frequency and degree of genuinely mind-bending levels of wrongness that occur in this film. I'm not joking, It is seriously astounding that a person with no former film-school training was able to actually create this artwork.
Time, lighting, basic human relationships, music, storytelling, visual composition, and almost everything else about both movies and our physical and emotional selves in some form or another is somehow mysteriously queried by this film. Not since Kuleshov's original experiments with the manner in which the human brain derives physical and spatial relationships from the combination of different film sequences has an editor destroyed the entire concept of cinematic geography in such a stomach-churning manner.
If Salvador Dali could see this film, he would demand a more coherent plot structure. If you could show it to Ingmar Bergman he would watch the entire thing in silent awe and then slap you in the face and walk away without ever uttering a word. If you could show it to Akira Kurosawa he too would watch the entire thing in silent awe, then watch it a second time, then slap you, and then commit ritual suicide also all without ever uttering a word,
This film came out on June 9, 2009, kicking off what is sometimes referred to as the "Summer of Death" due to the large numbers of celebrities and high-profile persons who passed away during that time period. This is not a coincidence.
5 Stars. Absolute must-see.