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After the Dark (2013)

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At an international school in Jakarta, a philosophy teacher challenges his class of twenty graduating seniors to choose which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race in the event of a nuclear apocalypse.



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When the last day of school comes for a group of students in a philosophy class, their instructor, Mr. Zimit, challenges them to different sorts of exercises that take place in a post-nuclear apocalyptic world. While there, they each get chosen professions and have to decide whether who is valuable or not because the bunker they will be staying in for a year has only enough oxygen for 10 people. Mr. Zimit challenges them in different rounds to see how they could survive. Issues arise when they notice Mr. Zimit is disruptive to the game. Written by James Hake

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Rated R for some violence, sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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10 October 2013 (Russia)  »

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The names of several of the main characters are never revealed in the movie until the cast list in the closing credits. This applies to Georgina ( 'Bonnie Wright (I')), Yoshiko (Natasha Gott), Utami (Cinta Laura Kiehl) and Kavi (Abhi Sinha), even though most of them had prominent roles in the movie. See more »


In the third scenario one of the students who has eidetic memory says she knows the entrance and exit code because of her seeing the professor type it in the second scenario, even though that scenario ended and a new one had begun. See more »


Chips: In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
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I Think, Therefore This Film Is Stupid
30 January 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Why? That is a question many philosophers enjoy asking. And "why was this movie made?" is the question I am asking. The producers who wasted their money on this film were as short-sighted as the people who waste their money studying philosophy at university. Good luck getting a return out of that investment. You'll have plenty of time to ponder the greater questions in life while you're waiting in line to collect your unemployment check.

So, what we have here is a class of philosophy students sitting around playing an adult equivalent of make-believe that is so trite and pretentious that it will make you question your own existence -or at least your willingness to continue with it. You can read the blurb to get a better idea of the film's premise, but let's just say that it drags on longer than a two hour lecture on metaphysics. Particularly since the film runs over the same doomsday scenario three times.

They are the most unrealistically attractive class of philosophy students in the world. That was the filmmaker's first mistake. There's not one mature-aged student who won't shut up, instead it is a bunch of twenty-somethings who are as smart as they beautiful all verbally masturbating. The writing drips with smug, I'm-cleverer-than-you dialogue in which obvious questions are raised simply as a sounding board so that they can be shot down.

If I am to take a utilitarian approach to rating this film, I would say that it is justifiable to sacrifice 1 star so that the 9 other stars can be saved for a film worth watching.


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