Opened: February 7, 2014
Directed by: John Huddles
Starring: Sophie Lowe, Rhys Wakefield, James D’Arcy, Bonnie Wright, Daryl Sabara, Freddie Stroma, Katie Findlay, George Blagden, Erin Moriarty, Maia Mitchell, Jacob Artist, Cinta Laura, Philippa Coulthard, Hope Olaide Wilson, Abhi Sinha & Toby Sebastian
Despite an interesting storyline, After the Dark fails to fully grasp an audience and becomes easily forgettable.
On the last day at an international school in Jakarta, students in Mr. Zimit’s (James D’Arcy) class are presented with philosophical trials. They must work together to determine who should be saved in bunkers during an apocalypse and who is sacrificed.
This film brings together a group of fantastic young actors including Harry Potter stars Bonnie Wright and Freddie Stroma, Glee’s Jacob Artist and Game of Thrones‘ Toby Sebastian. Unfortunately, most of them don’t get much time to shine. Instead, the uninspiringly dull Sophie Lowe leads the cast.
Since all of the trials are theoretical, there are no stakes and you don’t worry about the characters. The trials are fun to watch, but that’s it.
Final say: Nothing striking other than the premise. ★★☆☆☆