Movie Review: Aftermath


Available today on DVD and Digital is the thriller Aftermath.

Aftermath stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maggie Grace and Scoot McNairy.

I don’t believe the film was in the movie theater. I have never seen it or heard of it until I received a free screener to review. I believe the film is loosely based on real life events.

Schwarzenegger stars as Roman. Roman is a construction worker who is anxiously awaiting the arrival of his wife and pregnant daughter. They are coming home that evening (the film never gets into detail as to where they were and why he wasn’t with them). Roman is to meet them at the airport.

Around the same time Roman is about to arrive at the airport, an air traffic controller, Jake Bonanos (McNairy) loses sight of the control panel for just a few moments, accidentally causing two planes to clip each other in the air, causing both planes to come crashing to the ground, killing all their passengers including Roman’s wife, daughter and unborn grandchild.

Roman is devastated by his loss. He is unable to get pat the grief he feels. He also feels like he needs a personal apology from the man who allowed the planes to crash (Jake).


At the airline’s urging, Jake relocates and starts a new life under an assumed name.

Time passes and Roman’s grief continues to eat away from him. He also turns down a settlement from the airline. He doesn’t want their money – he wants an apology from the man who he feels is responsible for his family’s death.

Roman is on a quest to find Jake. Will he succeed? If he does find Jake, what do you think is going to happen? To find out you need to pick up (or rent via Digital) a copy of the film Aftermath. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.


Overall I thought it was a good film. I’m still on the fence as to whether or now Schwarzenegger was the right actor for the role of Roman. First and foremost I cannot get over how much he has aged (unless it’s just movie magic). I also was not a fan of the odd clothing he was dressed in. I felt like it didn’t fit the character at all.

The film was a bit predictable at times, but I didn’t expect the ending of the film. I thought it was going to go in a different direction.

There were also times that the emotions the film was trying to express to the viewer were not fully received due to Schwarzenegger. Yes, he did seem distraught and in pain, but at times it just felt like it was too much Schwarzenegger (as in the types of characters he’s portrayed in the past), if that makes any sense?

When Roman first found out about the loss of his family, you can feel the pain. After that his emotions were not as easily expressed on film.

Maggie Grace did well as her character (Jake’s wife). I’m so used to seeing her in the Taken and Twilight films. It was nice to see her in another, more mature, role.

The film was inspired by true events but for the life of me, and my husband, we could not figure out what plane crashes occurred in recent years that would have inspired the film.

The ending was a big surprise. I honestly never anticipated it.

Overall it was a good film. I might watch it again if I saw it on TV (premium or network channels). I don’t think I would pop the DVD in to watch it. My husband feels the same way.


*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 


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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.