May 20, 2021
John Huddles's sci-fi thriller unintentionally succeeds in replicating the exact experience of playing "would you rather?" with a friend in a pub, as in it starts out with vague philosophical questions but ends up being utterly ridiculous.
Nov 11, 2018
Refreshingly, Dark wants to cryptically convey an honest conversation about the fate of mankind's fragile existence. Despite some questionable unevenness, a contemplative SF thriller that dares to assume its thinking cap in surrealistic experimental mode
Mar 15, 2014
A heavy-handed and manipulative work of philosophical fiction featuring strong performances, but a troubled narrative.
Feb 8, 2014
Philosophical thriller After The Dark collapses under a nifty concept.
Feb 7, 2014
A thrilling combination of drama, near-science-fiction, suspense, coming-of-age agita, and intellectual exploration of ideas. Pity it derails itself.
Feb 6, 2014
Both smugly clever and at times distastefully clueless.
Feb 6, 2014
A thought experiment about who gets picked to survive a nuclear Armageddon. Intelligent dialog about utilitarian ethical choices.
Feb 6, 2014
Movies that privilege ideas over action are rare enough that it's hard not to wish them well, and After the Dark gets off to a good start...But its surprise ending isn't quite as surprising as it ought to be
Feb 6, 2014
An unusually creative and ambitious film of ideas that offers so much more than its forgettable title and sensationalized publicity may imply.
Feb 6, 2014
Doesn't end convincingly, but the opening two acts are stimulating enough to carry the viewing experience, capturing the cutthroat nature of endurance and the brutal reality of judgment in desperate times.
Feb 6, 2014
The film, which confusingly replays its complicated scenario in multiple variations and flashbacks, gets too bogged down in the elaborateness of its conceit. Not helping matters are the routine soap opera melodramatics...
Feb 6, 2014
A shaggy dog story but an intriguing and frequently beautiful one.
Feb 6, 2014
This is a flawed film, but it's also one that's not completely without merit.
Feb 4, 2014
After The Dark is a smart, witty, and thoughtful thriller that offers a fresh take on the apocalypse genre.
Jan 23, 2014
Mildly thought-provoking.