DVD Review: AFTER DARKNESS

AFTER DARKNESS was inspired by Lord Byron’s 19th century classic poem “Darkness”. The movie was directed by Batan Silva from a screenplay by Fernando Diez Barroso and stars John Patrick Amedori, Valorie Curry, Tim Daly, Natalia Dyer and Kyra Sedgwick.

Natalia Dyer and Kyra Sedgwick highlight this sci-fi thriller about a family’s fight to survive a solar disaster. As skies darken and hopes grow dim, the Beatys try to stay sane in a lavish home with every possible comfort…except sunshine. Raymond (Tim Daly) plans to have his family transported to a secure underground bunker. But as he makes a gruesome discovery, the greatest threat to the Beatys’ survival may be near — or inside — their home.

After Darkness takes place in the not too distant future and follows the estranged Beaty family that ultimately comes together as the sun slowly burns out. The world around them has fallen into chaos and isn’t safe so the family reunites on their estate to stick it out for as long as they can with just an ounce of false hope that helps push them forward. While the world crumbles around them, old grudges and hurtful memories surface between certain family members that make it harder for them to live under the same roof while doomsday approaches. In the end, all the supplies diminish as the cold darkness finally sets in as the family works on forgiveness and redemption as they prepare for the final hour of life on Earth.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and specs. The DVD disc is flat grey and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, After Darkness ended up being a dark and depressing look at how a divided family comes together as the world ends around them. As the movie plays out, the grudges and painful memories come to the surface as the family fights to stay alive when there’s no hope left. This anguish and grief is also what slowly brings them closer in the end as their world ultimately crumbles into a cold and dreaded nothing. Okay, we’ve gotten plenty of these kind of movies before so there’s nothing really special about this grim sci-fi drama but it does feature a good cast and that does help the movie out just a little. After Darkness will be available on DVD on January 15th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 95 Minutes

Rated: R

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: N/A

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