I caught Nicolas Lopez’s Aftershock after it world premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last September, and wasn’t a fan. Since then, critics seem to be having fun with it, so I sent Bloody’s Evan Dickson in without warning to see if he could survive the violent Eli Roth-produced thriller. While he did enjoy it on some level, he seemed to tip the sale more in the Richter negative direction.
“ There’s a lot to like in the film, but I can’t recommend it as a complete work. It has a lot of great components, but it seems oddly intent on sabotaging itself with elements that just don’t belong within its tonal landscape,” says Dickson in his review. “That’s not to say that there still aren’t things to enjoy in Aftershock, there are…[still, it’s] something I wanted to love became something I found myself trying to like.”
The film takes place in Chile, where an American tourist’s vacation goes from good to great when he meets some beautiful women travellers. But when an earthquake ravages the underground nightclub they are in, a fun night quickly turns to terror. Escaping to the surface is just the beginning as they face the nightmarish chaos above ground.