More and more films premiere on Video on Demand — if they don’t simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we’re looking at “Aftershock,” a horror film about an American tourist and his guides struggling to survive the aftermath of a huge earthquake — not the popular post-game show of the WNBA franchise the Tulsa Shock.
Director: Nicholas Lopez
Cast: Eli Roth, Andrea Osvart, Ariel Levy
Criticwire Average: TKTKTKTKTKTK
Official Synopsis: “In the middle of a night of wild partying, a hapless American tourist (‘Hostel’ director Eli Roth) and his friends are suddenly plunged into a living hell when a powerful earthquake rips through the coastal town of Valparaíso, Chile.”
“Well shot, with good ensemble acting and a well paced narrative.”
“It’s a lot better than I expected and I do recommend it to fans who’ve been thirsty for Roth’s brand of blood.”
“An effective midnight movie, working best when it is simply pushing the story forward, letting the nightmare of the situation stay front and center.”
“We’re left waiting for characters to die off without much of a vested interest in anyone’s survival.”
“Aftershock” is now available on VOD.