'Aftershock' Opens To Poor Reviews
Eli Roth’s newest film, Aftershock, opens today and is already being panned by movie reviewers. The film, directed by Nicolás López, who co-wrote the screenplay with Guillermo Amoedo and Roth, is a natural disaster/horror flick about one man’s Chilean vacation gone horribly wrong.
Roth plays Gringo, a man traveling with his two Chilean friends, Pollo (Nicolas Martinez) and Ariel (Ariel Levy). The boys go to a nightclub looking for hot girls and a night of fun, but instead end up fighting for their lives after a huge earthquake leads to injury and chaos, a prison breakout, and the threat of a tsunami. “Once the earth shakes… Roth and Lopez line up hazards like dominoes, tipping them one at a time toward the shrinking group of survivors,” writes Marshall Fine of The Huffington Post.
Reviewer Claudia Puig of USA Today gave the film one and a half stars out of four, calling the film out for its ridiculous, undeserved, hour of pure gore and violence that follows a boring half-hour set up. “It’s hard to imagine just who would want to sit through this movie, given the sadistic mayhem the audience is subjected to,” Puig writes.
The New York Post was not as forgiving, with Kyle Smith giving the film one out of four stars.“None of the gore has the slightest meaning, not even on a shallow Friday the 13th level,” Smith writes, “Dramatically, the movie is bloodless.”
Aftershock is rated R for ‘strong bloody violence including rape, language, drug content and some nudity’ by the MPAA, and features a cameo by Selena Gomez.
Watch the trailer for the film below: