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Aftershock Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It's an unrelentingly brutal movie set in an unusually scenic locale — the coastal city of Valparaiso, Chile.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    A movie that tends to stick to formula, offering up minimal scares amid scattered moments of gross-out bliss.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Clark Collis

    The first, pre-'quake half hour is such a patience-testing slow burn that director Nicolás López runs the risk of extinguishing the viewer's interest altogether. But when things head (metaphorically) south they do so with an escalating, apocalyptic ferocity which continues until the very last second.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    The script by Roth, Lopez, and Lopez’s frequent collaborator, Guillermo Amoedo, giddily piles crisis upon crisis, with none of the customary mercy reserved for leading characters.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids

Horror/disaster hybrid is gory, brutal, cruel, and unfunny.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Aftershock is a horror/disaster movie with lots of gratuitous gore -- including severed hands, people getting impaled with random objects, people on fire and/or being crushed -- as well as some truly brutal rape scenes. There's some nudity involved, lots of innuendo/sex talk, skimpy outfits galore, and plenty of drinking/partying scenes. Language is also strong, with many uses of "f--k," as well as "s--t" and "c--k." Co-writer/star Eli Roth has a strong cult following for having directed the Hostel torture movies, and his fans will want to see this. But it's really not age appropriate for kids of any age.

  • Families can talk about Aftershock's violence. Was it intended to scare viewers or amuse them? How can you tell? What about the rape scenes? Do these kinds of scenes belong in the same movie?
  • What's the appeal of disaster movies? Do you think a disaster like the one shown here could occur? If so, is it better to try to prepare or better not to worry about something we can't control?
  • Why did the two sisters fight so much about drinking? How is drinking portrayed in the movie?
  • What did you think of Selena Gomez's appearance in this movie, in such a mature role? Does she have a responsibility to be a role model to her younger fans?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Annoying, idiotic people behave in a selfish, cowardly way during a natural disaster. There are one or two exceptions (i.e. people who perform brave or selfless acts), but these people are punished and destroyed. No one learns anything, and life is cruel.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Before the disaster, the characters only think about sex, or else they fight with one another. After the disaster, they mostly act selfishly and/or cowardly.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Brutal rape scenes in which a band of escaped convicts rapes two women. There's lots of blood, people on fire, and people impaled by random objects; if characters aren't crushed, mutilated, or killed in the earthquake or aftershocks, they're shot/murdered by the convicts or by other panicky people. A man loses his hand, and a woman gets her face smashed by a car while climbing out of a manhole. There's a funicular crash in which women and children die. Brief fighting and punching.

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    Sex: The characters think and talk about sex a lot. There's strong innuendo, lots of skimpy clothing, and characters intentionally walking and dancing in "sexy" ways. A woman bends over and reveals a suggestive tattoo on her lower back. A man takes a picture of his genitals with a friend's phone (as a practical joke), and viewers see the photo. Male buttocks are briefly shown during the rape sequences.

  • language false3

    Language: Language isn't constant but does contain several uses of "f--k," as well as "s--t," "c--k," "bitch," and "hell." Some swear words appear in subtitles (spoken in Spanish), and others are spoken in English.

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    Consumerism: Before the earthquake, characters are constantly checking their iPhones, taking pictures, texting, and phoning.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters spend the movie's first third partying in clubs; they occasionally overindulge with drinks, but it's mostly social drinking. Some characters are seen smoking. A woman is supposed to be looking after her sister, preventing her from drinking, but the sister gets drunk anyway. The characters also attend a wine tasting.