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Aftermath (2017) Blu-ray Review

Aftermath

“Aftermath” lacks depth.

Based on true events, 2017’s “Aftermath” revolves around two central characters- a construction business employee (Roman) who loses his wife and pregnant daughter in a plane collision and an air traffic controller/family man (Jacob) who is partially responsible for the accident. After the horrific event, Roman becomes distraught and wants someone to apologize while Jacob’s life spirals out of control. Eventually, Roman and Jacob will cross paths, but what will happen when they do?

“Aftermath” could have been an effective drama about loss, moving on, forgiveness and revenge, but it never quite connects. The entire middle act seems to flounder as it leads to an inevitable confrontation between the two lead characters. Once they do meet, however, the outcome leaves a lot to be desired as so much more could have been explored there. Ultimately, the movie just leaves you wanting more from start to finish. You can’t shake the feeling that it could have been more developed and that it feels like scenes are missing.

In terms of the acting, there are some engaging performances here. After his political stint, Arnold Schwarzenegger has struggled in his return to the movie biz. Most of his efforts have been box office bombs, forgettable vehicles, and or made for DVD and VOD releases. With “Aftermath,” I applaud the actor for trying something different. To be fair, it probably is one of his better films as of late, but that’s not saying much. While Arnold is a bit out of his element and acting range here, he gives a good albeit inconsistent dramatic performance. As for Scott McNairy, he definitely handles the dramatic load here with the most well developed character. He is also the best part of the entire film.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The moody visual style shines in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? “Aftermath” is mostly a dialogue driven piece so there’s not a ton going on here audio wise. Still, it’s a fine track regardless.

Extras:
* Digital copy.
* Lionsgate trailers and an “Aftermath” trailer.
* Interviews with director Elliott Lester and DP Peter Vermeer. The two chat about the script, performances, the visual style and more.
* A passable commentary by Elliott Lester and producer Eric Watson.

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June 3, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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