Wednesday, September 12, 2012

TIFF 2012: Director Nicolás López, Lorenza Izzo, Eli Roth & Andrea Osvárt "Aftershock"

Last night's Midnight Madness held the world premiere of Director Nicolás López's Aftershock, a disaster movie for the not-so faint of heart.

When an American tourist (Eli Roth) and two Chilean buddies hook up with 3 beautiful women: a Russian model, a party girl (Lorenza Izzo) and her uptight sister (Andrea Osvárt) for fun in Chile -- things appear to be looking up for the hapless men. That is until a massive Earthquake crashes their party, killing many people in cruel and gory fashion.

Desperate to stay alive, the group escape into the perilous night, seeking help for their wounded friend. But before long, the deadly aftershocks prove to be the least of their worries when they find themselves running from violent gang members and dangerous escaped convicts.

Aftershock is an original twist to the natural disaster movie genre. Usually in films such as Deep Impact (Meteor), The Perfect Storm (Tsunami) and Contagion (Viral), the good of humanity is what overcomes their adversity, but in Aftershock, their natural disaster unleashes the very horror of humanity. And you can only imagine that the horror is unspeakable when it comes from the creative mind of Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel).

When the mayhem begins, it becomes quickly obvious that it's not about who's going to live, but what horrific demise each will suffer. Besides heavy concrete crushing bone and a deadly Tsunami, the protagonists must avert gun fire, sexual violence and axe-wielding felons.

Aftershock is a terrifying disaster ride and if terror floats your boat, then this is right up your alley.

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