Two strangers' lives become inextricably bound together after a devastating plane crash. Inspired by actual events, Aftermath
tells a story of guilt and revenge after an air traffic controller’s (Scoot McNairy) error causes the death of a construction foreman’s (Arnold Schwarzenegger) wife and daughter.
is a plane crash movie without a plane crash. Instead, we get to see two triangles on a radar screen move towards each other and then disappear… And talk about a letdown: I had no idea at the time that that would be nothing compared to the letdown of this movie.
Besides the no plane crash, there are also no heroes. We have air traffic controller Jake, whose mistake leads to the disaster and then we have the grieving husband/parent, Roman, who lost his wife and pregnant daughter in the off-camera crash. Neither is worthy of the title hero.
Which begs the question, what is the point of the movie? And unfortunately I don’t have an answer for you.
In his heyday Arnold Schwarzenegger played larger-than-life characters; characters who overcame insurmountable odds. In Aftermath
, his biggest foe is depression. I’m not making light of death, loss, or depression… I’m merely pointing out that Schwarzenegger was probably the worst choice to play Roman.
The script, written by Javier Gullón, was loosely inspired by the 2002 air disaster that took place outside of Überlingen, Germany, in which a passenger plane from Moscow collided with a cargo plane in midair, killing all aboard. From what I understand, two years after being cleared of responsibility, the Swiss air traffic controller who had been in contact with both planes was stabbed to death at his home by a Russian man who had lost his wife and children in the crash.
The cast is not strong, the script is paper-thin, and the pace is dreadfully slow. Aftermath
is a “Coaster.”
SHOULD KIDS SEE IT?
There is no sex or nudity. There are a few disturbing images and one scene that is pretty graphic and 1 F-word.
- How did Roman cope with his grief?
- How do you cope with grief?
Read I Thessalonians 4:13
What does this verse tell us about grief and hope?
How can you encourage someone with this verse today?
But we do not want to be uninformed, brothers, but those who are asleep, that they may not grieve as others do who have no hope.