Director: Peter Winther
Writers: Dakota Gorman, Peter Winther
Stars: Ashley Greene, Shawn Ashmore, Sharif Atkins
RATING: 2.5 Stars
A young couple struggling to stay together, when they are offered an amazing deal on a home with a questionable past that would normally be beyond their means. In a final attempt to start fresh as a couple they take the deal. But their new idyllic home comes with a terrifying secret and Natalie has to try and convince her husband something sinister is going on before things get even worse. – IMDB
If you watch enough thrillers on Netflix, which lets face it we all have after the year we just had, then you start to see the patterns that emerge and things take you less by surprise. This was one of those films that, even when you are eighty percent sure you know where it’s headed, right down to what the last shot is going to be, you still have a fairly decent time watching it because it’s able to create great atmosphere, and just enough self doubt to make you watch until the very very end.
There is so very, very questionable acting in this film. Mainly by the more minor characters and one EMT that was so bad it made me cringe, and while it doesn’t take you out of the film, it does break that tension building that the film relies on so much. But our two main leads, Ashley Greene and Shawn Ashmore are more than competent enough to carry this film. Greene in particular does a pretty good job here, carrying the majority of the emotional and creepy scenes.
This film does have more than a few plot holes though. Why build up the relationship with Avery if it wasn’t going to do anything to develop Kevin’s character? Why didn’t anything show up on the home invasion video? How did the bookcase appear in front of the door? A lot of these flaws didn’t occur to me until after the film was already finished, but the more I think about it, the more weird plot holes I find.
There are worse films you could pick for your Saturday night movie, but there are also ones that are less predictable and more interesting. It’s not a solid recommend, but not utter trash either.
‘Aftermath’ is streaming on Netflix Now!