It's a very different project, part graphic horror movie and part disaster picture, and the end result is a very mixed bag indeed. It opens with a whimper, a full thirty minutes spent on character development in a film where character development isn't in the least bit necessary. What we find out about these people (that they're fathers, that they're rich) has no bearing on the rest of the film and in no way influences your opinion of it.
That being said, when disaster does strike the film picks up considerably but remains only marginally entertaining. It's certainly bloody and raw enough but it's also cold and uninvolving. There are a lot of great shock moments, but it always just feels like a series of moments and never a cohesive motion picture.
This is not a special effects project, but they are impressive considering the tiny budget, and even though the scope and setting are grand the movie always feels small. And even though you'll quickly be able to see how this is going to end, Lopez films it in a way that is nevertheless a stunner when it indeed happens.
I liked quite a bit of "Aftershock." but it never comes together quite like it should. There's plenty of visceral action here once it finally gets going, but it still left me cold.