Verdict: 3 / 5
Disaster movies are nothing new. Their general subject matter includes tsunamis, freak storms, earth quakes, republicans, and so forth. Aftershock is an earth quake disaster movie focusing more on its aftermath and the actual event itself.
A group of three men are traveling through Chile, while partying, drinking, and trying to pick up women. They come across three women who are also looking to party, and the two groups decide to team-up. A night or two later, while our protagonists are at a clue, Chile is rocked by an earthquake that brings the building down. From here everything goes to hell as tsunami warnings start, the aftershocks begin, and inmates of a local prison escape.
Aftershock can be compared to Final Destination, except the latter usually has a protagonist, in that all of the characters are killed off one by one and in different ways. The movie’s effects are generally well done and a lot of work has been put into the gore effects. These range from people be crushed by buildings, shot to death, hit be vehicles, impaled, killed by an axe, and so forth. I’ve already mentioned the gore in general, but a special mention has to be made for the blood effects: they are excellent.
Each character is given some backstory, but most of them are either self-centred or generally idiotic in some way. As one is killed you don’t feel anything and wait for the next one to be picked off. The movie rather focus on the events that happen to them as opposed to any sort of personal struggle or revelation. It’s mindless.
Aftershock isn’t worth the purchase unless you’re wanting to bulk-up your DVD collection. I would recommend it to those looking for a gore-filled Friday-night popcorn movie, but really not much else.