THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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AFTERMATH (2017)


#81 is the recent cure for a good mood Aftermath, which just enjoyed a brief run in theaters. That’s the last time the word “enjoyed” will appear anywhere near a description of this film. Amazingly enough based on a true story, Arnold Schwarzenegger is Roman, who is excited (well, as excited as Arnold gets) to pick up his wife and pregnant daughter (the father of the child is never mentioned) at the airport. But tragedy strikes as air traffic controller Jake (Scoot McNairy)... makes a couple of mistakes that lead to two planes colliding, killing everyone on board, including Roman’s family. Needless to say, both lives are ruined. The timeline of Aftermath is a mess, as Roman seems to grieve, go home, have a lot of time of his hands and then drive to the crash site, where he asks to volunteer to help – and finds his late daughter strapped to her chair in a tree. In real life, the man Roman was based on was among the first to arrive at the crash site, and did find his daughter, so I guess it wasn’t that far-fetched. Meanwhile, the air traffic controller is being blamed for the deaths, losing his grip on reality and then persuaded by the airline to go to a different state, change his name and do something else (he had already driven his wife and son to leave). McNairy is pretty good but Arnold doesn’t have the depth to pull this off. When he needs to show us pain, he broods. When he needs to show another emotion, he broods. When he builds a fence, he broods. He just doesn’t have the ability to make us feel what his character is supposed to feel. Oh, and he wants closure, someone to say that they are sorry. Someone like that controller. They meet up unpleasantly towards the end of the picture, and the scene after that is not based on any reality and is pretty ridiculous. Aftermath is depressing, certainly, as well as sloppily told, unengaging, sad, frustrating and with very little redeeming value. This is a film you should skip as there is no reason to endure this story as directed by Elliot Lester. It could have been a heck of a lot better.

TLA one-word review: waste