The Midnight After DVD Review
“The Midnight After” is an absolute mess.
In “The Midnight After,” the story revolves around a minibus full of an eclectic group of passengers whose lives forever change after traveling through tunnel. After exiting the tunnel, weird stuff begins to happen (to say the least). People begin dying from a virus, people and cars vanish, people wearing gas masks begin to appear, a coded David Bowie song is broadcasted, and that’s just scraping the surface. As the passengers begin to ponder what has happened, drama amongst the group begins to boil over. Where is this all leading? I’m not even sure writer/director Fruit Chan knows.
If you go into “The Midnight After” expecting a linear horror/sci-fi story that has a clear beginning, middle, and an end, you are going to be sorely disappointed. The film is riddled with puzzling subplots that are never resolved, obscure political commentaries, and an unfocused tone that is all over the place. Now, maybe the film is just overly ambitious or perhaps the filmmaker wanted to create an arty message film disguised as a horror film. Whatever the case may be, the frantic and confused film simply doesn’t work as a whole.
Another major drawback is the characters (of which there are too many). They’re all fairly one-dimensional and they spend the majority of the film bickering and fighting. I wish I could say I found some of the characters interesting, but that was not the case.
On the plus side, the film looks great visually. The combination of the atmospheric cinematography and the scenes of deserted streets and cities is easily the best part of the entire production.
Presentation: 16:9. How does it look? Sharp for a DVD transfer.
Audio Track: Cantonese Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? A solid audio track.
The only extras are Well Go USA trailers and a trailer for “The Midnight After.”
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