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After the Apocalypse

After the Apocalypse (2004) Movie Poster
USA  •    •  72m  •    •  Directed by: Yasuaki Nakajima.  •  Starring: Jacqueline Bowman, Velina Georgi, Zorikh Lequidre, Oscar Lowe, Moises Morales, Yasuaki Nakajima.  •  Music by: Hiro Ota.
      Five survivors try to make sense of a New World after a devastating urban catastrophe challenges their basic human needs. Set in a bleak, post-urban landscape in the aftermath of the Third World War, the film presents a strangely limited environment where a single woman and four men are forced to communicate without words as a result of destructive gasses from the war. When their pasts are erased by the war, they are forced to recreate their lives both individually and collectively.

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An interesting idea, but a very flawed execution. The movie is slow, but that's a positive thing. What isn't, are the stupid actions of the characters just to interact with other humans. It looks some of these actions (like the doll the main character brings to the woman when her 'boyfriend' throws it a few yards away: why doesn't she picks it up herself after the boyfriend leaves?) have just not been thought through.

Besides this, the interaction and acting reminded me sometimes of a Buster Keaton-film, but as a poor mans version. Unintentionally funny to the point when it becomes tedious and annoying. I'm a really big fan of post-apocalyptic movies, and although this film tries to do it some other way than just be another Mad Max rip-off, it fails horribly.


Review by koudgerecht from the Internet Movie Database.