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Aftershock (2012)

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In Chile, a group of travelers who are in an underground nightclub when a massive earthquake hits quickly learn that reaching the surface is just the beginning of their nightmare.

Director:

Nicolás López

Writers:

Nicolás López (story by), Eli Roth (story by) | 3 more credits »
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eli Roth ... Gringo
Andrea Osvárt ... Monica
Ariel Levy ... Ariel
Natasha Yarovenko ... Irina
Nicolás Martínez ... Pollo
Lorenza Izzo ... Kylie
Marcial Tagle Marcial Tagle ... Firefighter
Ramón Llao ... Ramón
Ignacia Allamand ... Guide
Paz Bascuñán ... Pregnant Woman
Matías López Matías López ... Marito
Patricio Strahovsky Patricio Strahovsky ... Priest
Álvaro López Álvarez Álvaro López Álvarez ... Jesús (as Álvaro López)
Adrián Salgado Adrián Salgado ... Bad Guy 1 - Adrián
Enrique Quiroz Enrique Quiroz ... Bad Guy 2 - Bairon
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Storyline

After an earthquake erupts in Chile, tourist discover that a neighboring prison in the area collapsed in the event, and all surviving criminals managed to break free. Soon they learn that the most terrifying thing, more threatening that Mother Nature, is what she created. Written by AnotherMovieGuy45

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The only thing more terrifying than Mother Nature is human nature.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence including rape, language, drug content and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Chile

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

12 June 2014 (Chile) See more »

Also Known As:

Афтершок See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,179, 12 May 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,179, 12 May 2013
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The opening pre-title sequence was shot at an actual party. See more »

Goofs

The personalized plates of Pollo's van are not allowed in Chile. See more »

Quotes

Gringo: I feel like every girl I meet I have to download some new app. Whatever happened to meeting a girl in a park and say hey, how about a cup of coffee?
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Crazy Credits

Photographs of the characters in happier times are shown in the end credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.31 (2013) See more »

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Dedicated to the Blogs
Written by Sebastian Matlas Rojas Glustinianovich and Fernando Lasalyia
Performed by DJ Caso, Edgar Van De Wingard, and MJ Santos
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A depraved film that hates it's own characters.
7 September 2013 | by Matt_LaydenSee all my reviews

A group of friends in Chili hit up the night clubs for some fun. A massive earthquake hits and destroys half the city, releasing the prisoners that end of unleashing more destruction and hell in the streets.

An interesting concept that tries to blend the disaster genre with the horror genre. The result is a mixed bag of depravity, low budget effects & set-ups and hatred for the so called characters we are suppose to engage with. Aftershock doesn't care about much, it wants to throw everything and the kitchen sink at you. This film reminds me a lot of Kevin Smith's "Red State" in that it subverts genres and goes in different directions just when you think you know what is going to happen next. While I admire Smith's pulling of the rug from under our feet, Aftershock never manages to reach the same level. Instead it is stuck in this redundant pool of lukewarm unnecessary-ness.

Eli Roth produces and stars in the film, I've always said he should stay behind the camera because his on screen talent is severely lacking. Yet he always finds himself in front of the camera, making himself seem more important than he should be. Roth has some good films under his belt, he without a doubt knows the genre of horror. He needs to stick to producing and directing. Get more unique horror films out there, stop worrying about the Roth who acts, cause no one cares.

What the film lacks in special effects in makes up for in absurdity. Here is a film that is about destruction, yet it chooses (mainly because they have to) showcase the aftermath. The scenes of chaos happen in tight close ups, shaky cam and whatever else they can think of to disorient the viewer from seeing anything. It seems they saved the budget in the special effects department for the final shot, which one can see coming once the character gets to that location, yawn.

Aftershock loves to put characters in bad situations, then kick them when they are down. It might be hard to watch for some people. The film has no problem having one character be raped twice, then shot. This is after another one has been burned alive. This is the so called twist in the film, when we stop focusing on the destruction from mother earth and are focused on human nature. These characters aren't even the prisoners though, these are random street thugs or what have you, that see the women in the streets and decide to chase after them, thus ensuring a lot of death and sorrow for the characters the film has taken so long to set up.

No, we don't get any prisoner action until the final act of the film, which takes another turn with another twist. One that will have you scratching your head in confusion, but Aftershock is too crazy and absurd, that you end up just going with it.

This isn't much of a disaster flick, nor does it seem to be good horror. It's a low budget miss- match of bad taste.


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