Eli Roth presents a different kind of horror.
*** ½ out of 5
Rated R for strong bloody violence including rape, language, drug content and some nudity
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Article first published as Movie Review: Aftershock (2013) on Blogcritics.
Aftershock wears its budget on its sleeve in some scenes, but López keeps the action moving along from one sequence to the next. The film’s biggest asset may be that it feels like a mixture of Roth’s Hostels, the Final Destination franchise, and The Impossible. Anything and everything begins to get used to pick off the cast one by one, and you’ll be surprised to see who makes it and how far. The world’s worst funicular gets to play a game of suspense twice and, while you may be able to guess how everything is going to end, at least López, Roth, and co-writer Guillermo Amoedo had the balls to do it. Some of the people involved with Aftershock are also associated with Roth’s next project — the cannibals in the Amazon The Green Inferno. And with Roth behind the camera, I can only imagine how much more he’ll be able to pull off. As it stands, Aftershock is still a fun ride, even if it may not be gory enough for horror fans or cataclysmic enough for disaster fans.
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