When the last day of school comes for a group of students in a philosophy class, their instructor, Mr. Zimit, challenges them to different sorts of exercises that take place in a post-nuclear apocalyptic world. While there, they each get chosen professions and have to decide whether who is valuable or not because the bunker they will be staying in for a year has only enough oxygen for 10 people. Mr. Zimit challenges them in different rounds to see how they could survive. Issues arise when they notice Mr. Zimit is disruptive to the game.
User Reviews: It is a shame when such a great idea with so much potential is executed improperly and inevitably fails. That is the case here with ‘After the Dark.’ The film begins immersing you into the world of Philosophy. The teacher asks his class questions revolving around situations of morality or rationality and how they would go about it. You find yourself answering these hypothetical questions for yourself and then realizing that this is a movie that you can become indulged in without any proper knowledge of philosophy. The one thing that the film did do well was taking an experiment that realistically only took place in one location, and made it interesting by adding other dimensions to it. This was repeated three times with different outcomes and I would find myself correcting their mistakes, thinking that I could figure this puzzle out. What I didn’t know was that the movie in itself was a puzzle I would never figure out.
‘After the Dark’ felt like a 1,000 piece puzzle that you were just about to finish perfectly until you realize that the last piece just doesn’t fit right. The movie up until the final 20 minutes or so is really intriguing. It asks all the right questions to get your brain working, however, your brain is working towards an answer that is never given to you. The ending doesn’t make sense by any means and it certainly doesn’t tie everything up in a nice bow like you so desperately hoped for. Instead, it leaves you questioning the fate of some of the characters and why the last hour of the movie was even relevant.
Aside from some beautiful cinematography, satisfying performances from a young cast and an original take on a film, ‘After the Dark’ doesn’t deliver. It tries to answer questions that no one was searching for a resolution to and denies to answer the questions they were so evidently setting up throughout the entire film.