While vacationing in Chile, Gringo (Eli Roth) and his friends Pollo (NicolÃ¡s MartÃnez) and Ariel (Ariel Levy) attempt to find the best places to party. The three men eventually meet up with three young women who are on their last day of vacation. Pollo convinces the girls to stay one more day so they can go to an underground nightclub. While having the time of their life in the club, a massive earthquake strikes. When the group finally reaches the surface, they find that even more problems await them.
Directed by NicolÃ¡s LÃ³pez, who co-wrote the film with Eli Roth, Aftershock doesn’t break any new ground. In fact, if there had been an earthquake in Hostel, you would wind up with the same film. Fantastic sets and some gory moments can’t make up for the fact that the characters are underdeveloped and the story is severely lacking. The three men eventually meet three women who agree to follow them on their adventure. Irina (Natasha Yarovenko), a Russian model, Kylie (Lorenza Izzo), a non-stop party girl, and Monica (Andrea OsvÃ¡rt), her overbearing big sister. It’s very easy to tell which woman will fall into the final girl category, and that’s just one of the problems here.
ClichÃ©s are typical in horror films, but this one may be pushing it. Even more troubling are a group of prison inmates who escape during the earthquake. They serve very little purpose for the film, and when they’re no longer needed, they’re eliminated in the laziest way possible. Genre fans will enjoy the gore, but there’s very little else.
Is Aftershock Essential TIFF Viewing?
If you’re a huge fan of the horror genre, there should be enough to enjoy. There’s plenty of blood being splashed around, and the clichÃ©s may not bother you. Everybody else should probably avoid this one.
Aftershock Screening Times
- Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 11:59 pm at Ryerson Theatre
- Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 6:15 pm at Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 3
- Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm at Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 9
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