Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Aftershock (2012)(Minor Spoilers Review)
**This review contains MINOR spoilers, no character deaths, major reveals, or big twists**
During a vacation in Santiago, Chile, an American tourist nicknamed Gringo (Eli Roth) enthusiastically explores the wild night clubs and a famous winery. As a popular and wealthy local, Pollo (Nicolas Martinez) leads the tour with Ariel (Ariel Levy), Pollo’s life-long friend and Gringo’s new friend. One night, the group meets Kylie (Lorenza Izzo), her sister Monica (Andrea Osvart), and Irina (Natasha Yarovenko). Over the next few days, Pollo and Ariel lead an extensive tour for everyone in the group.
One night, Pollo, Gringo, Ariel, Monica, Kylie, and Irina visit a popular underground night club. A heated argument between Kylie and Monica reaches a boiling point, but a devastating earthquake disrupts everything. The group survives the ugly stampede, and after a rough journey through the ruins of the club, everyone reaches the surface to discover the maddening chaos.
On the surface, the group searches for safety, help, and medical care for a dismembered Ariel with some assistance from a firefighter. Fighting through a mess of ruthless savagery in a life-or-death survival mission is an unavoidable priority, and a looming tsunami forces the group to seek covered shelter before it’s too late.
Eli Roth delivers one of the better performances, as this nerdy square, who’s having a lot of trouble picking up women as a single father. Martinez is a believable womanizer, Izzo is a decent problem child with a bratty attitude, and Yarovenko is just there as Irina. Story wise, you know Irina’s a single mother with a son, but that’s about it, and her character doesn’t have too much depth.
Monica and Ariel are the two party poopers in the group. Monica is the controlling and overbearing bigger sister, and Ariel is a wimpy whiner, who’s obsessed with his ex-girlfriend. No complaints about the quality of performances from Osvart and Levy, but Monica and Ariel are the two most annoying characters in Aftershock.
Selena Gomez has a little cameo here. She plays this young woman in a club, and Gringo tries to put the moves on her, but Gomez’s character crushes his hopes with the “I have a boyfriend” line. But don’t get your hopes up for Gomez, because if you blink, you might miss her brief appearance.
If you’re looking for an intelligent social study on the dark side of human nature during a tragedy, then you should find another movie, because Aftershock isn’t for you. Sure, as a viewer, you can see violent and deplorable behavior, but any social commentary is non-existent here. Instead, Aftershock fits in with a crowded bunch. Gore fiends will get a kick out of the nasty stuff here, but for everyone else, Aftershock doesn’t bring anything new to the table, and you might have a “Meh. I’ve seen this before” feeling after certain scenes.
Depending on your tastes, Aftershock is more than capable of holding your attention. I barely noticed the brisk one hour and thirty minutes runtime. Taking a little break to check the time never crossed my mind, because Aftershock’s vicious insanity is like a flaming car wreck surrounded by a pack of hungry hyenas, it’s impossible to look away.
Aftershock is an extreme and chaotic disaster/horror film, filled with bloody carnage and intense brutality, a good surprising twist at the end, and the jaw-dropping cliffhanger is genuinely shocking. And don’t expect any cheery moments from Aftershock, because you won’t see any happy endings here. Also, to give you a fair warning, Aftershock is not for the weak at heart. Aftershock features graphic gore, tons of blood, sadistic violence, and rape, so if you’re the squeamish type, you should avoid this one.
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