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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Genres Drama
Director John Huddles
Starring James D'Arcy
Studio Signature Entertainment Ltd
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Woosher on 7 Mar. 2015
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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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4 of 4 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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10 of 11 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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Despite the excellent cinematography, acting, locations, staging, direction and well produced cuts between reality and thought, this film is a let down. Its only real reflections of philosophy are the briefly mentioned, well-known thought experiments which are explained adequately but have little relevance to the scenes in which they are presented. As for the main set of three apocalyptic thought experiments, it is rapidly apparent that, despite the film's promising start, the writer intended this to be some statement on the issue of student-teacher love than true logical thought.

In each of the three experiments, vast jumps are made not supported by logic nor even attempts at justification let alone explanation. The logic and thought is lacking in many places and to call them thought experiments is a generous description at best. The last experiment perhaps makes an interesting point, that logic alone leads to communal destruction and so-called "fuzzy logic" can lead to greater harmony. However, if that was the intent of the writer, it could've been done a lot better. Furthermore, as one other reviewer has expressed, the last scene makes a desperate attempt at bringing you closer to two of the main characters. Not only is the last scene futile, since the film shortly ends, but it detracts from the rest of the ideas presented in the film; Though it does at least explain the bizarre and logically-flawed manor in which the teacher behaves.

This film had many of the elements of a great film, but ultimately its lack of clarity of intent leaves you wondering why you bothered. You learn little of philosophy, fell dissatisfied by the plot and can only be left wonder whether the writer consulted an actual philosopher or not? If they did, perhaps they did not understand the basic rules of logic, inference and rationale?
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