After the Dark (2014)
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Critic Reviews for After the Dark
An unusually creative and ambitious film of ideas that offers so much more than its forgettable title and sensationalized publicity may imply.
This ambitious teen-oriented fantasy is like taking a university philosophy course in The Twilight Zone.
A heavy-handed and manipulative work of philosophical fiction featuring strong performances, but a troubled narrative.
Audience Reviews for After the Dark
Intriguing and artsy -- a group of students imagines various scenarios of global disasters and selecting what people would survive. A thought-provoking inquiry into human nature, society and the valuation of human lives. The acting is adequate (with several Harry Potter alumni) and nice sets, even if limited. The film is not particularly cinematic -- one imagines that the story could as easily been told as a stage play. Nevertheless, the experience is worthwhile.
A philosophy class of British students in Jakarta ponders a thought experiment: its the end of the world: who stays, who goes, who survives. It makes for an interesting premise, interestingly played out. Typical of the Brits, understatement is the calling card and used to good effect. When there is violence its a bit shocking for that. There are no standout players, no real starring parts, and so an ensemble work and competently done. In the end an different sci-fi answer to the ton of dystopian future scenarios floating about, one that leaves hope on the table, and I can't fault that at all.
This could have been a great film if the story didn't derail itself in the final scenes. For the most part though, this is a smart existential science fiction that manages to dramatize philosophical thought in an interesting way. A thorough examination of choices and their consequences.
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