After The Dark 2014

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A philosophy teacher challenges his graduating seniors to choose which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race in the event of a nuclear apocalypse.

Starring:
James D'Arcy
Runtime:
1 hour, 46 minutes

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After The Dark

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director John Huddles
Starring James D'Arcy
Studio Signature Entertainment Ltd
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.1 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Taylor on 1 Jan. 2015
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I'd actually give it 3.5 stars 4 perhaps.

The concept is original, barring a few plot holes and inconsistencies it makes for a good thought provoking film.
One of its best points is undoubtedly the flaws in the movies plot. As this movie revolves around the whole concept of a philosophy lesson turned apocalyptic simulation revolving on logical thought and decision making. It stimulates and provokes you to think and possibly discuss (if not watched alone) not only the happenings of the movie but the plot inconsistencies which add to the philosophical debate as a whole.

(I'm not the most articulate in my native language therefore this may not make sense even though I know what I'm on about :p )
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lark TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Mar. 2015
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I have to say I really, really liked this feature.

Its a philosophical class' final day, the movie manages to illustrate succinctly and well, with more than just dialogue a lot of great philosophical thought experiments, dilemmas or ideas, such as the infinite monkey cage, ie that monkey's could randomly write Shakespeare or Plato's Cave or utilitarian experiments about the greatest good of the greatest number and sacrificing lives to save lives versus moral absolutes.

The scenes cut between the class room and the imagined back drops of nuclear shelters in different regions of the world, I thought that the acting was good, despite not knowing any of the actors, some of whom I really hope to see in movies again, they were brilliant, although I believe the role of the teacher was perfect for Benedict Cumberbach and the actor reminds me of him actually. The scenery and cinematography are brilliant too. So its a movie which wins in a number of ways, its as cerebral as it is watchable.

There is a plot line about homosexuality I didnt quite understand as to why it was included, at one point it is imaginary and relates to a philosophical question of procreation and survival post-atomic holocaust, which I thought was fine, although I thought the sex scene unnecessary, but when it re-emerges later in the class room with someone being outed I didnt think it made sense at all.

The final thought experiment was excellent, in so far as it featured a selection of candidates which was so, so counter intuitive but vital for less strictly logical or rationalistic premises but humanistic principles.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dominic B. on 23 Feb. 2015
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Definitely not the film as advertised, but well crafted ,well acted, highly engaging. I was expecting zombie trash and i got something interesting, very different, intelligent. Well worth the time.
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** SPOILER ALERT ** (just covering myself)

Firstly, I notice that the one-star posters didn't explain why they dismissed the film. It looks like most people didn't get it either, given the wide range of ratings for this film.
Secondly, someone suggested that there were two parts? No, I saw only one - the classroom.
Should we do the hat-trick? The 'Spoiler.' Dealing with a concept such as this means discussing what is inside. I can write 'blind' copy and very well too, but this isn't a sales page, it is supposed to inform, giving you enough information to decide whether you wish to sign up for the experience, or not...

This film was much better than average, because it actually tried to portray the thinking involved in philosophical debate. I'm not really sure it succeeded though, I hope... The whole notion of philosophy is annoying for many, but actually, all it is, is the pondering of what and why we are. Where do we fit in? Do we? Ad infinitum...

The whole film is about a philosophy professor attempting to teach his students about hard choices.

It fell apart with the love element that began as a small trickle and then took over the plot - philosophically, that's what you would expect to happen, I guess. People need entertainment, not education.

So don't watch this film expecting to see some apocalyptic revelation (sorry about the circumlocution there), or some SciFi vision of the space-time continuum, because it isn't here. Essentially, you will be transported in to a 'so-so' level psychology lecture at a low level university.

It's OK, if you don't normally imagine much outside the nine-to-five, most people don't, but as a true student, you will be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Rayment on 6 Dec. 2014
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An unusual film which was very different to anything I have seen before. It seemed to change about half way through as if a different writer had taken over. I think I understood the ending but am not certain.
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This film gets offv to quite a promising start, with high production values in evidence and an interesting premise involving a philosophy class engaged in an elaborate apocalyptic reworking of the 'balloon debate'. Sadly the premise, while initially engaging, effectively kills the piece as a drama, primarily because we know that there is no need to suspend disbelief or take any outcome to heart, precisely because it is a series of dramatised 'thought experiments'. As a satisfying exercise in philosophy, it also fails because (dare I say it) not enough thought has been put into it, with flawed or incomplete reasoning apparent in each of the three iterations. Right at the death there is a hurried, almost frantic attempt to get us to care about two or three of the main protagonists, but it is too little too late.

James Darcy is just about as convincing a philosophy lecturer as the script allows. Sophie Lowe was excellent in her beautiful understated ethereality. The locations and sets are sumptuous and the camerawork is quite a few notches above competent. Not a waste of time by any means, but one is left with one's very own thought experiment about how it may well have delivered much more on its early promise.
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