After is a movie that is a miracle in the making, shot on a budget it came from nowhere and surprised audiences. The story follows two people Freddy (Steven Strait) and Ana (Karolina Wydra), and a fateful drive back to their hometown on a bus. In conversation it transpires that they both live near each other, but have never met. The bus crashing interrupts their conversation. When they awake, they find themselves in their hometown, with nobody else around they try to discover what has happened outside their town, but attempting to leave they discover their town is walled in by a black, thick and deadly looking smoke. Then the realization that the smoke is drawing closer hits home, and they realize they must either sit tight or wait to get engulfed, or to move into the darkness to see what lies within.
While the fact that the movie was made, and become an accomplished and respected film is achievement enough. For me however, the movie just never floated my boat. The story was threadbare, and resembles a bad afternoon TV movie, the plotline so thin you have a very good idea where I was going from the very offset. One can only assume those that rate the movie so highly, have limited film experience.
The budget (or lack of) clearly shows, it just lacks so much of a variety of things, there is no real atmosphere, and it becomes heavily reliant on the actors performances, and a secret from the past. Sadly neither the secret from the past, or the performances bring the movie up a notch. After is the ultimate hollow gift, it brings nothing knew to the table and robs heavily from so many genre favorites.
I’d like to be more positive about the movie, I really would; but the pure fact is, it’s a budget movie that is playing at something much bigger, and it really does not have the gusto, the power to be playing on this level. Performances are average, the plotline is wafer thin, and the movies big reveal can be charted from the opening ten minutes.