Aftermath (2005) – By Brian Morton

 A great drama always makes you ask yourself, what would I do in that situation, and that’s what you’ll do after seeing the Anthony Spadaccini movie, Aftermath.

Like most of Anthony’s movies, Aftermath is told in what has become known as the ‘blair witch’ style, hand held camera, filmed in a documentary style, but, unlike that ‘project’ Anthony’s movies have a message…and they’re good! Aftermath is the story of a group of friends who are heading out for a weekend trip to the beach. One friend has a terrible secret and one other friend knows it. It’s a secret that can affect the lives of everyone around them. The question becomes, do you tell the secret you promised to keep, or do you break your promise to your friend and tell the secret to protect other people? Aftermath is an astoundingly compelling film, we all know the secret and to watch the conflict is great drama. Once the secret…or secrets…are revealed, we get to see some of the consequences of decisions made, but the real drama here takes place while the secrets are being kept, we all know why one person is acting strangely…and we can identify with this situation, while our personal situations might not be as grave as the one in Aftermath, we’ve all been there, and that’s what makes Aftermath as compelling as it is, the ‘what would I do’ factor.

I’m giving Aftermath three and a half out of four cigars, and it only lost a half a cigar because I felt that once everything was out in the open the movie sort of held on a little too long, and the arguments about talking about the problems got a bit redundant for me. Otherwise, I was riveted throughout the movie. If other people’s tragedy can be our entertainment, then Aftermath is the proof of that! You can check it out for yourself by heading over to Fleet Street Films web page and check out this or any of Anthony’s great movies! So, until next time, when I’ll reveal my own horrible secret…I enjoy b horror movies…remember that the best movies are bad movies.