In much of the same spirit of his previous splatter fests, such as Cabin Fever and Hostel, Eli Roth tries his hand at the disaster pic genre. I would like to say Aftershock is just as fresh as Hostel and Cabin Fever were when they came out, but it sadly comes up short. Definitely not in the gore department though. This movie is absolutely brutal!
I am seasoned and, for the most part, visually desensitized from most gore these days, but Aftershock made me cringe in ways I didn’t think were possible! As stupid as the film was, it is worth the rent just to experience the thrill ride of violence and mayhem that ensues after the quake.
Aftershock starts off fairly fast paced and is actually pretty funny in some spots. It follows a group of guys, an American aptly named Gringo played by Eli Roth himself, and two Chilean men, Pollo (Nicolas Martinez) and Ariel (Ariel Levy) that are on a mission to pick up some ladies at a local rave. They soon meet a multinational trio of ladies: the wild California girl Kyle (Lorenza Izzo), her sober tight laced Hungarian half sister Monica (Andrea Osvart) and their beautiful Russian gal pal Irena (Natasha Yarovenko).
After a day of sightseeing at the behest of Pollo, who is a rich kid, they head to an exclusive underground rave. Seeming to be having the time of their ill-fated lives they are soon met with devastation. A massive earthquake hits and everyone in the club panics, setting the course of brutality that soon ensues throughout the duration of the film.
Eli Roth and fellow writer/ director Nicolas Lopez concoct terrible scenario after terrible scenario for the surviving crew. It gets to the point of being pretty ridiculous, but in the end it’s all in good fun and I could tell that the cast had a lot of fun making this film.
It was just ok. I cannot say that I disliked it, but it had a lot of plot holes and some stuff that was thrown into the mix of the film that really was unnecessary. In the end, it was more of a genre bending film as it blends pretty much all of Eli Roths interests into one earth rumbling spectacle.
I think he should have done without trying to kill people in every way imaginable and focused on making a craftier story; instead it falls short due to too much going on.
I had high hopes for this film by what I saw in the preview. It looked pretty fun and genuinely was fun at times, it just lacked overall focus on many levels. I don’t want to dissuade any fan of Eli’s from watching this, as it was a fun flick. I just expected a bit more from a seasoned horror veteran.
This movie is extremely gory and I wouldn’t recommend it to pretty much anyone who has a sensitive stomach or cardiovascular issues.
I found this on Netflix so it is worth watching if you have a Netflix subscription. It would also be fun if you want a cheesy gore fest to watch with friends.
I give it 6 out of 10 (on the Richter scale)