AFTERSHOCK

Another Kind of Torture Porn

Content -4
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Violence        
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Release Date: May 10, 2013

Starring: Eli Roth, Andrea Osvárt,
Ariel Levy, Nicolás
Martínez, Lorenza Izzo,
Natasha Yarovenko, Selena
Gomez

Genre: Horror

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 90 minutes

Distributor: Dimension Films/Weinstein
Company/Radius-TWC

Director: Nicolás López

Executive Producer: Mac Cappuccino

Producer: Eli Roth, Brian Oliver, Miguel
Asensio

Writer: Guillermo Amoedo, Nicolás
López, Eli Roth

Address Comments To:

Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairmen, Dimension Films
The Weinstein Company aka Radius-TWC
345 Hudson Street, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10014
Phone: (646) 862-3400; Fax: (917) 368-7000
Website: www.weinsteinco.com

Content:

(HHH, B, C, LLL, VVV, SSS, NN, AA, DD, MM) Very strong humanist worldview with some characters trying to help other characters and a positive depiction of a priest and other Christian symbols, but the movie ends in hopelessness; 52 obscenities (mostly “f” words) and six light exclamatory profanities, plus vomiting scene; ultraviolent scenes of people injured during earthquake and aftershocks, including people impaled and crushed, plus graphic rape scene, implied rape scene, fighting, people fall, and man crushed under stone but still alive is gruesomely burned to death; graphic rape scene, implied rape, and some sexual dialogue and swimming/nightclub scenes with men and women; rear female nudity in swimming contexts and upper male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking and some drug references; and, deceit, gangs, escaped convicts.

Summary:

AFTERSHOCK is a horror movie about a group of young people in Chile who encounter a massive earthquake and lots of aftershocks, along with some looters, a roving gang, and some escaped convicts. AFTERSHOCK is an ultraviolent, graphic exercise in heartless humanist destruction.

Review:

AFTERSHOCK is a horror movie about a natural disaster. It starts off well enough, but eventually descends into hopeless, ultraviolent humanist angst. With more restraint, and a more uplifting, even redemptive, worldview, the movie could have been really good. However, despite some positive Christian references, the filmmakers are more interested in shocking and disturbing their audience rather than edifying, much less, enriching, them.

The movie opens with a couple Americans being shown around Chile by a guy named Pollo. They meet some women in an underground nightclub when a terrible earthquake shakes everything. They try to get to higher ground and, eventually, out to sea, but a series of violent aftershocks, some looters, and escaped convicts from the local prison are placed in their way.

AFTERSHOCK includes violent bloody images of gruesome deaths. Also, at one point, two of the women are raped by a local gang. The gang also burns to death one of the Americans. Even the help of a local priest can’t save the group from meeting violent, often gruesome, ends.

AFTERSHOCK could have been a redemptive disaster movie. Instead, it’s an ultraviolent humanist exercise in hopelessness. The movie contains plenty of strong foul language and some drug references. One of the rape scenes is particularly graphic. It and the hopeless ending push AFTERSHOCK over the edge into a new kind of abhorrent torture porn. This time, nature is the heartless killer.

In Brief:

AFTERSHOCK is a horror movie about a natural disaster. The movie opens with a couple Americans being shown around Chile by a guy named Pollo. They meet some women in an underground nightclub when a terrible earthquake shakes everything. They try to get to higher ground and, eventually, out to sea, but a series of violent aftershocks, some looters and escaped convicts from the local prison are placed in their way.

AFTERSHOCK includes violent bloody images of gruesome deaths. Also, at one point, two of the women are gang-raped. The gang also burns to death one of the Americans. Even the help of a local priest can’t save this group from meeting violent, often gruesome, ends. Despite some positive Christian references, the filmmakers are more interested in shocking and disturbing their audience rather than edifying, much less enriching, them. AFTERSHOCK could have been a redemptive disaster movie. Instead, it descends into hopeless, ultraviolent, humanist angst. AFTERSHOCK also includes plenty of strong foul language and some drug references. AFTERSHOCK is a new kind of torture porn. This time, nature is the heartless killer.