THE AFTERMATH - Review
Release Date: April 5, 2019
Director: James Kent
Stars: Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke, Alexander Skarsgard
Plot: A British woman and her soldier husband move into the house of a single German father during WWII. When her husband is called away on a mission she and her housemate form a relationship
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release and make someone else rent it
If you are looking to be fantastically bored for two straight hours, do I have the movie for you. One would think that a film about a steamy affair would be somewhat interesting, but alas, even the bad stuff is awkward and dull.
Jason Clarke all but kills the movie. His acting is incredibly monotonous. And Keira Knightley, who is usually very good, must have spent too much time hanging out with Clarke during the filming, because her acting is just as flat as his.
The story takes forever to get going, and by the time it does you are beyond the point of caring what happens to any of them.
There is one could-be interesting plotline, but it is handled so poorly that all of the emotion is taken out of it. It isn't until three minutes to go that anything of emotive significance happens. And after that the movie completely falls off of the rails.
The other horrible aspect of this movie is that the entire drama revolves around a 30 second conversation that never happened, but if it did it would have solved everything. Forced, manipulative drama does not make for a good film. You need real drama, high stakes, and sacrificial decisions for it to be effective and powerful. This film has none of the above.
Don't waste your time with this one. Unless you are truly in need of a good nap.