Are you going to Aftershock 2020

TV Horror Guide (May 21-27, 21)

Above all else, Eli Roth teaches us one thing: stay at home!
Not that the motif is new to horror films, but hardly anyone is as xenophobic as Roth. If you go into the forest, you will die (CABIN FEVER); if you go to Eastern Europe, you go on it (HOSTEL); if you travel to South America, you are as good as dead (THE GREEN INFERNO).

South America, more precisely Chile, is also the travel destination in AFTERSHOCK. The three friends Ariel, Gringo and Pollo are on vacation. Together with their female holiday acquaintances, they want to have a party in a hip club when suddenly a huge earthquake causes chaos. As if the force of nature weren't enough, the friends also have to deal with hysterical residents, panicked refugees, looters and escaped prisoners.

One can really claim that everything goes wrong here in the shortest possible time, what Murphy’s Law allows and that is of course varied (we haven't even talked about the tsunami warning at this point), but nobody can take it seriously. Within a few minutes, normal people become brutal pillagers who are obviously just waiting for the earthquake. An ambulance never shows up in the entire film, but the police arrive with water cannons ...

About every 10 minutes a new danger comes on the table, one more abstruse than the other, and in between, large chunks of rock fall with beautiful regularity and arbitrary fountains of fire shoot through the night.
Of course, all of this only serves to show as much violence as possible. People are hacked up, burned, raped, impaled and of course buried under a lot of rubble.
If Eli Roth was co-founder of Torture Porn through HOSTEL, this work can probably be dismissed as catastrophic porn.

What is missing, however, is a story and characters. Not that a disaster movie needs more action than the effects of the disaster, but if you try to bring the six central characters closer to us for half an hour, that should also have something to do with the story.
One has to credit AFTERSHOCK that it is not a cheap product. After all, a budget of two million dollars was spent here. After Eli Roth (leading role, screenplay, producer) had stuffed his pockets, Selena Gomez was paid for a mini performance, the flights to Chile had been booked (most of the sets look like any other studio, by the way), there was actually enough left for clean effects.
If that's enough, AFTERSHOCK is recommended.

Everyone else will see a bloody but superficial and predictable work in the film that fits seamlessly into Eli Roth ‘resume.

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