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AFTERSHOCK Blu-ray Review

Aftershock will soon be available on Blu-ray and DVD from Starz and Anchor Bay. Directed by Nicolás López, the film stars Eli Roth, Andrea Osvárt, Ariel Levy, Natasha Yarovenko, Nicolás Martínez, and Selena Gomez. Aftershock is one of the worst films that I have seen in a long time. I hate to say it, but some SyFy movies are better made than this.  at least worth a rental but not a purchase in my opinion. I would normally not tell you what you should or should not see, but this is a film to stay away from. I recommend watching any other disaster film instead.

In Chile, an American nicknamed Gringo (Roth) is vacationing with his friends Chilean pals Ariel (Levy) and Pollo (Martínez). The days are spent relaxing by the pool and the nights spent clubbing until the early morning hours. The friends meet a trio of girls – Russian model Irina (Natasha Yarovenko), non-stop party girl Kylie (Lorenza Izzo) and her serious sister Monica (Andrea Osvárt) – who agree to accompany them on a trip to the coastal town of Valparaíso. Things take a turn for the worse when an earthquake ravages the underground nightclub they are in, a fun night quickly turns into a . Escaping to the surface is just the beginning as they face the nightmarish chaos above ground.

First off, if you are thinking of seeing Aftershock for Selena Gomez, don’t. If she had not acted before I would have thought she had taken the gig to get her SAG card. The only person of note in the film is Eli Roth, but there is only so much you can take of Roth. I would have a much better time enjoying the film if I could actually care for their well being. I swear I am not a psycho, but I actually was happy when each of them died. Zero character development will do that for you.

The audio and video quality are not helpful either. The sound mix is the fairly standard 5.1 surround track that accompanies any DVD/Blu-ray. One point of note is that the sound mix really brings some of the rumbling of the earthquake to your speakers.If you were hoping that the disc’s bonus features would swoop in and save the day, you are going to be crushed (see what I did there). The Blu-ray features a behind-the-scenes featurette that is not worth watching and a commentary track with the director and Roth. The only benefit of this is being able to hear Roth, he is very charismatic.Aftershock arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on August 6th.Aftershock-Cover

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Jim has been a self-proclaimed super geek ever since he got his first computer all the way back in 1992– and he has been ‘plugged in’ ever since. Fed by a steady diet of movies as a kid, he has expanded to new platforms to fuel his inner geek! Movies continue to feed Jim’s creative side, while technology is constantly changing and creating new toys that woo and draw him in!