Movie Review – Aftermath (2014)

Directed by Peter Engert
Courtesy of RLJ Entertainment
Release Date: August 26, 2014


When I was a kid, potential nuclear war with Russia was a constant threat. It seemed to loom over everything: news, pop culture, even our day-to-day lives. As a result, I grew up with a healthy respect for nuclear weapons and what they could do. This is probably why I enjoy post-apocalyptic films and stories so much; there are so many things that could happen in a radioactive world. AFTERMATH, an upcoming PA release from RLJ Entertainment, is a solid entry into the PA category, and it is definitely a must-see if you’re a fan of the genre.

If you are not familiar with AFTERMATH, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of RLJ Entertainment:

The devastating horror of a nuclear apocalypse is now reality and nine desperate strangers find themselves clinging to life in a farmhouse cellar, while radioactive fallout descends on the darkened world above. These would-be survivors face the nightmare of dwindling supplies, poisonous air and the greatest threat of all – the hordes of zombie-like refugees who want in. With each dying day, their choice becomes clearer – stay and let the makeshift shelter become their tomb or face the unknown terrors of the world outside. Starring Edward Furlong, Monica Keena, Andre Royo and C.J. Thomason, AFTERMATH takes a hard look at how far humans will go to survive. And it isn’t pretty.

I was infatuated with this film from the opening credits. While they roll, a series of bleak images slowly plays across the screen. These shots set a nice, dark tone for the film, but they are also very artistic in nature. After they concluded, I restarted the movie so I could watch them again. Talk about setting the mood!

AFTERMATH has some excellent cinematography and the production value appears high. The film looks great onscreen, especially in HD, however the surround-sound didn’t work on my Blu-ray copy for some reason. All I got was sound through my front speakers. Not sure if this is something to do with my system or the disc.

The acting in the film is great as well, with C.J. Thomason heading up a fantastic cast. Thomason is a new actor to me, although I own a couple of films he is in (HUSK and SUTURES, however I have watched neither one). He is definitely an actor to look out for in the future. I also enjoy seeing Edward Furlong onscreen; I’ve been a fan of his work since TERMINATOR 2, way back in 1991. He does a very convincing job in this film with his role.

My sole complaint about AFTERMATH is that Thomason’s character is never fully developed, and we are left wondering why and how he knew everything he did. For example, when they raid a convenience store, he tells his companion what to look for (food with protein, no junk food, etc.). Also, he knew how to hotwire an Army vehicle and how to use car batteries for power in the cellar. This sounds like ‘doomsday prepper’ knowledge, but it is never mentioned in the film.

But that is my only negative about this film. AFTERMATH is a hell of a film, chocked full of intensity and realism. I highly recommend checking this one out. It might just change the way you look at World War 3.


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