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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.

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James D'Arcy, Sophie Lowe
Runtime:
1 hour, 46 minutes

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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
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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Oh dear. The lead actress is awful. wooden.... face with the emotion of a cabbage. very hammy acting from some of the cast. Some good ideas but thats about it. and the ENDING!???? what a load of crap. terrible ending. when I read the other reviews which said "awful ending" I thought I would try it, couldnt be that bad. But It really is that bad. I wanted to punch that stupid lead girl in her emotionless face. The end.
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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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Generally I have a fairly high tolerance when it comes to watching poor quality films, this however made me stop watching after about 30 minutes.

Essentially the storyline is terrible, it's all discussion about the hypothetical and therefore there isn't any actual peril. Instead they use what can only be described as hair shampoo models as actors and try and spice it up with a bit of sex.

I physically cringed at the beginning when they all had one-liners about 'logic'.

Do yourself a favour, don't watch it.
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Unusually set in Indonesia, an existential tour de force set in the midst of an atomic apocalypse. The most surprising and beautiful expression of the human species in all of its complexity, passion and unity. Easily lost, worth understanding, a hidden gem. A gem that resides in all of us if we bother to look for it? Or a compressed bar of soap flakes? You choose. Cheaper than a pint of beer or a packet of cigarettes or a budget lipstick.
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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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