©2018 C. Henry Martens
I love smart movies. Don’t you love smart movies? I mean… I really love smart movies. Maybe that’s why I avoid Will Ferrell and Bart Simpson with a passion.
I was bored, so I clicked on a movie, expecting little. The title, After the Dark, was unexceptional, and the description Amazon uses gave me nothing to generate anticipation. Just another apocalypse movie, one of a plethora… and probably predictable and entirely snooze-inducing.
But right away, as the movie opened, the movie description parted ways from what was actually the premise of the film.
There were no twenty students vying for survival unless getting a good grade in a philosophy class counts as survival. No… the movie is about a thought experiment.
Now does that sound like fertile ground for a good movie about apocalypse? Well, I contend that it is.
Relatable characters, a continuing power struggle, high stakes even if only imaginary, and a manipulative wild card that poses sudden changes and consequences are all crafted into an enticing plot by director John Huddles.
The simple beauty of this film is how it makes you question your own worth. What you bring to the table. What kind of value and importance you place on survival, ethics and morals, and intelligence and genetic potential. It is easy to place yourself within the premise of the movie.
Fans of apocalypse always question their own worth, especially in regard to that of others. Skills or luck, education or experience, beauty or personality? We all do it. How to sell yourself when there is limited space or resources.
But within the context of the movie, within the mind game being played, is a hidden agenda. As the film plays out there are hints, but nothing more obvious than a general feeling on the back of your neck. “Something” isn’t as it seems. Even when control is wrested from power and the agenda comes under scrutiny, the nagging thought is that there is more to be revealed.
Altogether, After the Dark was an enjoyable show. Not too heavy, or too light… and thought-provoking in a pleasant way. Click here to watch the trailer.
Two thumbs up…
Apocalypse (from the Greek):
An apocalypse is a disclosure of knowledge or revelation. In religious contexts, it is usually a disclosure of something hidden, “a vision of heavenly secrets that can make sense of earthly realities.”
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