‘Aftershock’ is a brutal and uncompromising look at the result natural disasters can take on people’s humanity when they are left with no choice but to take dire actions in order to survive. The film is directed by Nicolás López who also wrote along with Eli Roth who additionally stars and has a ‘presents’ credit alongside Dimension. Fans of Roth’s other works will most likely enjoy the film for the most part, though will likely find it hard not to notice the similarity to another of Roth’s films.
While it is not necessarily a bad thing, I couldn’t help but notice how many similarities ‘Aftershock’ shares with ‘Hostel’ (which Roth wrote and directed.) Namely the formula mix, in regard to the way the first third of the film is almost an R-rated party comedy and the subsequent two thirds of the film focus more on the result of the trials, suffering and hard decisions that are forced upon these six individuals while surrounded by the destruction of the earthquake. In addition to the destruction and chaos already surrounding them, they are in forced to deal with multiple aftershocks which bring further destruction and make it so nowhere is safe. As if that wasn’t enough, they are all the while trying to find a safe haven from the oncoming tsunami as well.
While it’s certainly not the best horror film of the year, it’s certainly worth checking out, especially for the Roth fans and gore hounds out there. The film also had a few aspects that I was really impressed by, such as the character development as the six main cast members all come together; it’s really quite impressive the way everything develops. While none of the performances were anything necessarily spectacular and worth noting, they were certainly more decent than I’m sure many of us horror fans have seen in a large number of genre films over the years. While all of the performances are decent and certainly tolerable, I personally felt that none of the main characters truly sticks out and wins you over which certainly doesn’t help, but the overall believable and mostly well done performances keep things in tow enough to keep you into the storyline throughout.
It’s not the best horror film this year, but it is certainly entertaining, and while some elements don’t work so well for the film, others are truly well done, that and the gore factor certainly warrants a watch for horror fans. I myself caught the film in HD via Video On Demand, and would say it’s certainly a suitable way to watch the film, though if it’s playing at a theater near you that might just be even better, but I thought Video On Demand was well suited for this film and would recommend renting it. You can find it on most VOD providers for less than 7 dollars to rent in HD.
‘Aftershock’ is now playing in select theaters and is also available on the majority of Video On Demand platforms and providers from Dimension Films/Radius-TWC.