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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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John Huddles

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John Huddles
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James D'Arcy ... Mr. Zimit
Sophie Lowe ... Petra
Daryl Sabara ... Chips
Freddie Stroma ... Jack
Rhys Wakefield ... James
Bonnie Wright ... Georgina
Jacob Artist ... Parker
George Blagden ... Andy
Philippa Coulthard ... Poppie
Katie Findlay ... Bonnie
Natasha Gott ... Yoshiko
Taser Hassan Taser Hassan ... Nelson
Chanelle Bianca Ho Chanelle Bianca Ho ... Mitzi
Darius Homayoun ... Toby
Cinta Laura Kiehl ... Utami
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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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USA | Indonesia

Release Date:

10 October 2013 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

After the Dark See more »

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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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Towards the end of the movie, when the students form a line to leave their textbooks at Mr. Zimit's desk, the sequence has been cut and edited to skip half of the students, and focus only on James (who's first in the line), Jack, Vivian, Chips, Kavi, Georgina, Utami, Bonnie and Parker when they're approaching the desk, in that particular order. However, when James and Jack are standing at the desk, it is clearly seen in the background that Kavi is actually standing fourth in line (right behind Beatrice, who's third), and later when Kavi is standing at the desk, it can be seen that Vivian and Chips are standing behind him in line; even though the sequence order makes it seem like Kavi came at the desk *after* Vivian and Chips did. See more »

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Toby: Junk the ancient rules of thought / by which our predecessors fought / Their clashing minds did throw a spark / that scorched the world and wreaked the dark / Let no science fix our path / if only numbers make its math / Our brains will run, we'll surely see, / on some sweeter philosophy / Until beneath a quiet sky / atop the rubble we will stand / and finally demystify / the message in fate's reprimand / Even an atomic blast / can't rub the future from the past / If with incinerated grace / we...
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"James's poem to Petra by Rhys Wakefield and Sophie Lowe" See more »

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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 CountZero313See 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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