Aftershock (2012) | Survival is the name of the game in the edge-of-your-seat disaster thriller


‘Aftershock is one thrill ride you do not want to miss.’

While vacationing in the coastal Chilean town of Valparaiso, an American tourist, nicknamed Gringo (Eli Roth), and his two mates Ariel (Ariel Levy) and Pollo (Nicolás Martínez) hook up with Russian model Irina (Natasha Yarovenko), party girl Kylie (Lorenza Izzo), and her uptight sister, Monica (Andrea Osvárt) and head out to a dance club. But when an earthquake hits, the clubbers find themselves battling looters, escaped convicts, and the inevitable aftershocks while trying to flee the devastated town…

Eli Roth in Aftershock

Like Irwin Allen did with his classic 1970s disaster movies, The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure; Chilean director Nicolás López spends the first half hour fleshing out his characters before shaking things up with killer earthquake scene. Then the fun really begins.

Being privileged, smug and vain, our six characters are not the most likeable of people that you’d want to find yourself stuck in the middle of a disaster, so you’ll probably find yourself squirming with delight (as I did) at their death scenes. And boy, are they a sight. López, making his first English language film here, has crafted a first-rate thriller, with some edge-of-your-seat Final Destination-styled theatrics, including a runaway funicular, a dismembered hand and someone being fried before your eyes. The master of disaster would be very proud indeed.

Eli Roth in Aftershock

This is one thrill ride you do not want to miss. A Must See – again and again


About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on August 19, 2013, in Disaster Movies, Horror, Must See, Must See, Must-See and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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