AftershockMay 11, 2013
In Chile, a group of travelers who are in an underground nightclub when a massive earthquake hits quickly learn that reaching the surface is just the beginning of their nightmare.
Release Year: 2012
Rating: 5.3/10 (435 voted)
Director: Nicolás López
After an earthquake erupts in Chile, tourist discover that a neighboring prison in the area collapsed in the event, and all surviving criminals managed to break free. Soon they learn that the most terrifying thing, more threatening that Mother Nature, is what she created.
The only thing more terrifying than Mother Nature is human nature.
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Two Genres For The Price of One
Ahhhh Chile. The women, the night life, the gorgeous greenery of the
terrain. Chile is beautiful country. That is partly why American Gringo
(Eli Roth) and pals Ariel (Ariel Levy) and Pollo (Nicolas Martinez)
love it so much. Their adventures in Chile would be the envy of any
man. And when the trio hook up with three smoking hot women, Kylie,
Irina and Monica (Lorenza Izzo, Natasha Yarovenko and Andrea Osvart,
respectively), the whole potential adventure fun meter goes off the
The six friends find themselves having such a good time that they agree
to all travel together to the coastal town of Valparaiso. As the night
becomes early morning, the group find themselves enjoying the dance
clubs the city has to offer. But their night of reckless unabandon
turns into terror when an 8.8 magnitude earthquake hits the city
turning their paradise into a mound of death and ruins where our
protagonists must survive everything from looters, escaped convicts and
the constant aftershocks in the earthquake's wake.
Aftershock is written and directed by Nicolás López (Eli Roth takes a
co-writing credit) who uses true stories of the real 8.8 magnitude
earthquake that hit Chile in 2010 as the basis for his survival film.
Shot in Chile, many of the scenes were set in areas that still remain
in ruin after the powerful disaster. This gives an authentic and
realism feel to a film that is as hard to believe as it would be as
plausible to accept.
The first half of the film is a disaster movie true and true. We spend
a good time getting to know our characters and I would suggest that
knowing Eli Roth was involved will give audiences the patience in
knowing that the set up is worth the pay off. When the earthquake hits,
the chaos begins and bodies (and their parts) are thrown around screen
in wild grotesqueness. As the six main characters attempt to escape
onto the street, the devastation engulfs them. But they must quickly
gather themselves in fear of a tsunami warning that is ringing
throughout the city.
Running, screaming and reacting to the city in ruins takes us to past
the half way mark of Aftershock. But then director López switches gears
and Aftershock becomes a horror movie with evil characters and murders
rampaging through the streets in search of women and blood.
The script penned by López and Roth continues to surprise throughout.
Every death comes as a shock and how they pass is even more shocking.
Don't bother guessing who will survive as the script has no
'untouchables' and everyone is fair game.
Eli Roth accepts his first top billing role and plays the nerd, gringo
perfectly. Bloodsoaked and searching for safe haven, he is the
personality that propels the first quarter of the film only to pass off
his full frame attention to actor Nicolás Martínez and the rest of the
There are plenty of Roth-isms to be found in Aftershock. The violence
and gore is violent and gory. People are impaled, burned, shot and
murdered with axes. And the final scene was something that we are sure
Eli had his hands all over relishing in the idea of closure.
Aftershock was a crowd favorite at the Toronto International Film
Festival Midnight Madness showing and it is easy to see why. Fans get a
bit of everything parts disaster movie, parts horror, parts thriller,
parts titillating comedy. We enjoyed ourselves immensely in the
adventure. We were involved enough with our characters that didn't care
that it switched focus (and genre's) halfway through. We are just glad
that we survived the screening and we can't wait to watch it again.
A result of the word-of-mouth at the festival got Aftershock a
distribution deal with Dimension Films. No release date has been set,
but you can expect to see Aftershock hit theatres before long.