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Arnold may have just reinvented his career yet again.
Sadly, as the characters converge, the rest of the movie loses force; it slackens and then rushes, and the time frames feel out of joint.
Unfortunately, the film's commendably atypical focus on characters, mood, and psychological realism does not make Schwarzenegger's latest necessarily good.
Ramon is a very specific kind of role, one that calls for a performer with an ability to convey inner torment, and that's ultimately beyond Schwarzenegger's rather limited range.
The film mostly feels like a slow-paced slog featuring a hokey, melodramatic ending.
The movie shows little interest in either dramatic context or the realities of human behavior.
[Arnold] acquits himself well and seems to bring his own life of troubles with him in these latter performances. But this film is pretty relentlessly bleak without a whole lot to say about any of the proceedings.
Powerful performances from all involved elevate this story from what could have easily been TV movie, to a solid and worthwhile drama.
Aftermath shows Arnold Schwarzenegger making interesting use of the VOD medium, all while many of his action comrades are busy using it to dump their latest lame-brained shoot 'em ups.
... everything that happens follows a fairly conventional pattern... [Full review in Spanish]
... this is a fascinating film, simply because it's so out of character for Schwarzenegger. The actor may not have the range to carry such a film, but it's commendable that he's still willing to try even at this point in his career.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is there to lift heavy things and drive jeeps off buildings onto Harrier Jump Jets. If we could all just get back to a place where we accepted that, maybe we'd all learn how to get along again.
Inspired by a true story, Aftermath is a dark and atmospheric thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. When a construction worker's wife and daughter are killed in an air traffic accident in which two planes collided he desperately searching for someone to blame; meanwhile the air traffic controller, after his wife and child leave him, is forced to go into hiding to protect him from death threats. Schwarzenegger gives an incredibly strong and nuanced performance. But the script is weak, as the plot and characters are largely underdeveloped. Also, the ending is kind of rushed and a little unearned. Yet despite its problems, Aftermath is a compelling character drama.
Between this and Maggie, Arnold Schwarzenegger has proven that he's more than just the '80s muscle man we had always given him credit for. Aftermath may not be great, but there's some emotion in there, a relatively satisfying payoff, and as a vehicle for Arnie's dramatic chops, it works fine.
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