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After The Dark

  Unrated HD Closed Captioning

John Huddles

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Plot Summary

Faced with an impending nuclear apocalypse, a group of twenty college students must determine which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race. The decision quickly turns deadly as each in the group turns against each other in a desperate fight for survival.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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77%
  • Reviews Counted: 13
  • Fresh: 10
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 5.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Both smugly clever and at times distastefully clueless. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Feb 6, 2014

Fresh: An unusually creative and ambitious film of ideas that offers so much more than its forgettable title and sensationalized publicity may imply. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Feb 6, 2014

Fresh: This ambitious teen-oriented fantasy is like taking a university philosophy course in The Twilight Zone. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Feb 6, 2014

Fresh: A shaggy dog story but an intriguing and frequently beautiful one. – Sherilyn Connelly, Village Voice, Feb 6, 2014

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Customer Reviews

horrible college stuff

if you expect a real movie, do not consider to buy or rent this movie. really a low level production ...

An amateur and glib screenplay

If you've ever wondered what would happen if a sophomore creative writing student managed to get a short story adapted into a screenplay, then watch "After the Dark."

While the premise seems interesting, this film's execution is completely lacking. How it got even in the double digits on Rotten Tomatoes is beyond me and calls into question the accuracy of that rating system.

Characters: two dimensional
Dialog: stilted and unrealistic
Plot: ridiculous
Conclusion: boring

movie description is a lie

The movie description pretends that this is a movie about students making life-or-death decisions before an impending apocalyptic event. It isn’t.

It is no spoiler to note that the decisions supposedly being made are simply part of “thought experiments” in a philosophy class. This is established immediately in the film, and I mention it now to prevent other suckers from paying good money to watch a movie that is not what it claims.

I was expecting an apocalyptic action/adventure film, since action/adventure is how this movie is classified, but it is neither apocalyptic nor action/adventure. It is a bunch of students sitting around talking, with visualizations of their hypothetical scenarios (which also aren’t action/adventure) intermixed.

Even that could have been forgiven if the script was more than a bunch of silly attempts at sounding deep. In reality, the film even misses the mark of being cerebral, since simple logic undermines so many of the conclusions drawn.

In addition, there are continuity problems that are hard to ignore. How can a character in the students’ hypothetical scenario “remember” information from a previous hypothetical scenario? That couldn’t happen any more than a character in my dream remembers what happened in your dream. It’s almost like the scriptwriter forgot what was going on because he only had two hours left to finish the script for his sophomore creative writing class.

Overall the film was a big disappointment. The actors were good-looking, but not enough to make up for the ridiculousness throughout.

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After The Dark
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2014

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