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Aftermath Blu-ray Review

Aftermath Blu-ray

“Aftermath” is an ultra bleak post-apoc movie.

The plot: After a nuclear holocaust hits the United States, 9 people take up residence in a farmhouse cellar in Texas. Despite having food, supplies, and shelter, the survivors face many dangers including radiation poisoning and crazed zombified people riddled with radiation.

As a sucker for post-apocalyptic fiction, “Aftermath” was certainly in my wheelhouse. Unfortunately, despite being intriguingly atmospheric and grim, this “Night of the Living Dead” wannabe survival story ultimately lacks the emotional punch it could have had.

If you’re a filmmaker who is setting out to make a hard hitting post-apoc tale about people, creating likable characters should be of the utmost priority. On paper, there’s a diverse cast of characters including a married couple (with the wife being pregnant), a mother and son, a Doctor, a diabetic old man, a single woman, and a young man and his friend. Alas, the characters are given very little to do other than bicker, survive, and bond over the course of a series of rushed sequences and some thrown in action sequences involving dying zombified people with radiation (which feels entirely forced, unnecessary, not to mention pointless). The only character with any sort of personality here is Brad played by an over-the-top and often unintentionally funny Edward Furlong.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? While the hi-def transfer is solid, it’s still a very dark looking movie that doesn’t offer up a lot of appealing visuals.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The dialogue, music, and sound f/x sound adequate. Don’t expect high quality sound here as the film is a low budget indie.

The only extras are Image and RLJ Entertainment trailers.

Overall Thoughts: Whether you’re hearing the Green Lantern oath being botched or suffering through monotonous dramatic scenes, “Aftermath” is simply no fun to watch.

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September 25, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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