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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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Smart. Talented. Beautiful. Stranded. See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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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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This is the second time Philippa Coulthard and Maia Mitchell played together. The first time was K9 See more »

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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 »

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Utami: Lenten ys come with love to toune / with blosmen ant with briddes roune / that al this blisse bryngeth;/ Dayes-eyes in this dales / notes suete of nyhtegales / uch foul song singeth./ The threstelcoc him threteth oo / away is huere wynter wo / when woderove springeth;/ This foules singeth ferly fele / ant wlyteth on huere wynne wele / that al the wode ryngeth.
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Gamelan
Written by Wolfgang Frisch, Michael Holzgruber, Markus Kienzl, Wolfgang Schloegl
Performed by Sofa Surfers
[© Universal Music - MGB Songs on behalf of Ed. Monoscope Audio (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Arge Monoscope Audio]
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Worst. School. Ever.
2 February 2014 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

A bunch of kids who all seem to have arrived from the same toothpaste or shampoo commercial turn up for their last day at school ever. The teacher decides to run a philosophy role-play as a kind of review session. What follows are momentous life-and-death decisions with huge consequences for the fate of the human race.

Or not, as it turns out - because it is a classroom exercise. All the exotic settings, CGI explosions, and crisp cinematography cannot distract us from the fact that all that is at stake here is an A, B or C grade. There isn't even a mention that someone might FAIL the class - the stakes are that low! The teacher threatens the lead girl with losing her A+ in a manner that, if taken seriously, would see him fired for power harassment and incompetence. Are we meant to fear for her in this ludicrous moment? Unfortunately, that is as dramatic as this film gets.

The so-called philosophy is preachy and immature. The pupils all kind of blend into each other as characterisation is one-note. And absolutely nothing of value is tested or put at risk here. It's like The Breakfast Club was never made.

How this screenplay made it to the top of anyone's pile is a crime that should be investigated. Two stars - one for the cinematography, the other for the huge drinking game potential.


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