Two strangers' lives become inextricably bound together after a devastating plane crash. Inspired by actual events, AFTERMATH tells a story of guilt and revenge after an air traffic controller's (Scoot McNairy) error causes the death of a construction foreman's (Arnold Schwarzenegger) wife and daughter.
The movie is based on the "Überlingen mid-air collision" which happened on July 1st, 2002. See more »
At the accident scene, partially intact fuselage sections are shown, with identifiable bodies inside, still strapped in their seats. Roman cradles the intact body of his loved one. In actuality when aircraft wreckage descends from such a height (9,000 ft., 6,000 ft., whatever) aircraft wreckage becomes pulverized and human remains are reduced to unrecognizable pieces of tissue. See more »
Look at this photo. I would like for someone to say that they're sorry for killing my family.
See more »
Arnie has done action, comedy, thrillers etc. All of these performances hinged on his biceps, accent and catchphrases. Unfortunately, his acting abilities have been...well...questionable. If he was ever put in the situation where he would need to put emphasis on a line that did not require shouting or without a gun in his hand, it was lost on the audience.
Since Arnie's comeback we have seen that he has gone back to much the same genres of movies, so I was dubious when I heard of the plot to this movie. A father losing his family in a plane crash and following the life that follows. It was too deep for Arnie, I thought. However, I was surprised to see the emotion he could portray in his character.
The premise of the movie was interesting, since it follows both the air traffic controller who is blamed for the crash and the father of two of its victims. It was interesting to see the similarities in the emotions they experienced throughout the movie. I thought the character progression was great. The problem I had was that the story progressed a bit too slowly for me. I understand that this is probably more 'real life', but in the context of a movie, I want things that gauge my interest and maintain it. Some scenes were unnecessary and some scenes could have progressed faster.
However, by the end, I did not feel cheated of my time and money. I would recommend this movie to you if you like Arnie and want to see something different. If you enjoy slow-paced movies. It made me realise I hadn't seen my family in a while during my time at university, so at least it got me to organise a meet up with them!
29 of 44 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this