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After The Dark 2014 Subtitles

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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, Sophie Lowe
Runtime:
1 hour, 46 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction
Director John Huddles
Starring James D'Arcy, Sophie Lowe
Supporting actors Daryl Sabara, Freddie Stroma, Rhys Wakefield, Bonnie Wright, Jacob Artist, George Blagden, Philippa Coulthard, Katie Findlay, Natasha Gott, Taser Hassan, Chanelle Bianca Ho, Darius Homayoun, Cinta Laura Kiehl, Melissa Le-Vu, Maia Mitchell, Erin Moriarty, Toby Sebastian, Abhi Sinha
Studio Signature Entertainment Ltd
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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Interesting premise to the film - a thought experiment for a class of philosophy students at the end of the year. There is an apocalypse and they must choose which 10 of them can survive in the safety of a bunker for a year and which 11 must fend for themselves outside. How? Through logic. In the opening class scenes, we see the students debate utilitarianism and discover the lead actress will be annoying throughout the whole film. In the classroom she is against killing one even to save the rest, but in scenario one she effectively signs the teachers death warrant, even watching him decay day by day.

Put her aside, each of the students is given a profession and short backstory to develop the scenarios, though two have been rigged. The students make a deadly mistake the first time. On teacher correcting them a second time, they refuse to listen, and in the third? Our annoying lead actress learns from mistakes and takes charge, still leading to death. The lesson? What makes us human is our passion, not our skills, and if we're going to die anyway, why not die happy?

However, if her situation played out as it logically would, there would be at least one pregnancy and if she can build a harp, why not huts like Chips? Or a boat to leave? Why choose to let everyone die? This plot could have been further developed to actually teach something, to inspire at least. Instead it's at least 30 minutes too long (the dialogue between lead actress and teacher at the end) and you will not invest in a single character.
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This is a tricky one.

I think I can see how this was pitched - sort of a "Inception / Cruel Intentions" mash-up sponsored by the Indonesian Tourist Board set against the backdrop of an imaginary apocolpase. Oh did I mention a love story? There's a love story as well.

Please put aside the negative reviews, give it a chance. Remember if this is a philosophy lecture - its Plato's cave we're watching - not the balloon experiment.

This film made me think. About the concept, about the execution about whether I even liked it. Flawed as it may be, it is at least different. Oh and if you know what happens at the end - please tell me.
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ugh. I could see the last scenario coming as soon as the cards were drawn, and unfortunately there were no surprises here the message conforms rigidly to the usual 'edgy' Hollywood narrative.

Global nuclear holocaust is imminent: you can only save 10 people with the objective of restarting civilization when the disaster is over. So do you pick a group of craftsmen, doctors, and engineers, or do you pick a group of fashion designers, poets and various other artsy misfits? The solution seems obvious but remember you're not in reality, you're in a pretentious Hollywood movie and there are certain boxes that must be ticked.
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Farcical, narcissistic and completely flawed from start to finish; the whole premise of an intellectual debate based on some pop culture what if's in and around some fantastical imagery from Java, limps through, and shies away from any controversial or radical philosphical debate around the human instinct for survival. The lead actress is terrible, pouting and prancing like an attention seeking prepubescent child, throughout, at one point I burst out laughing when in pseudo apocalypse scenario 2, she is hetero, her real life lover is gay, and she wslks off in a huff when she sees the him with another man - I mean this is just a debate, someone needs to tell her to get a grip, it is NOT REAL.

The only reason to watch the film is if you were thinking of going to Java and maybe wanted some travel tips...
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I'd like it up to the 3th experiment.
In the 3th, there's no way the girl can know the code. It's just never happened.
From the first to second the teacher, in real life, gives them more info and tells what they've wrong.

It could be something interesting, but I hate when there're these kind of mistakes. Also, teacher's logic is not logic. Logic tells you that if you put 10 people in a bunker for a year, they'll be probably crazy (to don't talk about the thing that they can lose the ability to reproduce).

The end has no sense at all, imo.
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