After the Dark (2013)

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US Title:
After the Dark
Year:
2013
Country:
US
Director:
John Huddles


What’s It About?
On their final day of class, a group of high school seniors are given an alarming thought experiment by their philosophy instructor: decide which half of them are worthy to be saved from a worldwide apocalypse and which half of them are not.

Short Review: 100 Words or Less (no spoilers)
The premise of this film is really interesting, but the execution leaves something to be desired. The script explores some intriguing concepts in clever and inventive ways, but the dialogue it utilizes is often juvenile or loaded with clunky exposition. (There’s a lot of “telling” that goes along with the “showing” here.) Many of the young actors give solid performances, and I think I would have enjoyed this movie more if it had focused solely on the students and omitted the creepy teacher and his weird obsession with the star pupil. That subplot was distracting and unnecessary.

Final Grade: C-

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