|AFTERDEATH (directors: Gez Medinger/Robin Schmidt; screenwriter: Andrew Ellard; cinematographer: Benedict Spence; editor: Matthew Bate; music: Steve Wright; cast: Miranda Raison (Robyn), Sam Keeley (Seb), Daniella Kertesz (Onie), Elarica Gallacher (Patricia), Lorna Nickson Brown (Livvy); Runtime: 88; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Cameron Lawther/Gez Medinger; Acheron Films; 2015-UK)|
|"Not packing much gravitas."
by Dennis Schwartz
Robyn (Miranda Raison) wakes up dead on a deserted
beach, brought in by the tide, she discovers written
in the sand are the words "Even the good are damned."
Which sounds like a Sartre quote. Robyn was
killed that night when the night-club she was in
collapsed. The living-dead woman, troubled by a black
smoke in the air, walks past an active beaming
lighthouse (whose bright light is painfully felt) to a
small cabin on the beach and finds others in her same
predicament of being stuck in limbo between life and
death. The four others also died in the roof accident:
Seb (Sam Keeley), Patricia (Elarica
Gallacher), Livvy (Lorna Nickson Brown)
and Onie (Daniella Kertesz). When the
frightened Robyn enters--Seb is pre-occupied in a
threesome with Patricia and Livvy, while Onie is
cutting her wrists to no avail in the toilet.
five goners, under smarty-pants Robyn's leadership,
then spend a good-deal of time trying to figure out
how they got here and if it's possible to escape their
fate. For some viewers, the attempt by the five to con
God may be ludicrous.
Gez Medinger and Robin Schmidt, in their
debut feature film, and writer Andrew
Ellard, take the novel approach of trying to
figure out where do we first go if we don't arrive in
heaven or hell. To finally asking if we will get into
the right place according to our life deeds. To their
credit the filmmakers take things seriously and give
their unique take on things by claiming everything
works against us because sin in the material world is
almost unavoidable. Devout religious folks will
probable find the arguments presented here
distasteful, while materialists will find it
incomprehensible to think there's an eternal life.
With something to offend nearly everyone the bizarre
film, which only has a few lucid moments, at least
deserves credit for trying something different.
Though, if you want my two cents, I found it
embarrassingly juvenile and not packing much gravitas.
REVIEWED ON 2/5/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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