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AFTER THE DARK is set at an international school in Jakarta, where a philosophy teacher (D'Arcy) challenges his class of twenty students to a final thought experiment. Faced with an impending nuclear apocalypse, they must determine which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race. The decision quickly becomes deadly as each in the group turns against each other in a desperate fight for survival that blurs the lines between theory and reality. (c) Phase 4

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Both smugly clever and at times distastefully clueless."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"A shaggy dog story but an intriguing and frequently beautiful one."
‑ Sherilyn Connelly, Village Voice
"A thrilling combination of drama, near-science-fiction, suspense, coming-of-age agita, and intellectual exploration of ideas. Pity it derails itself."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Doesn't end convincingly, but the opening two acts are stimulating enough to carry the viewing experience, capturing the cutthroat nature of endurance and the brutal reality of judgment in desperate times."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Mildly thought-provoking."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"An unusually creative and ambitious film of ideas that offers so much more than its forgettable title and sensationalized publicity may imply."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"A heavy-handed and manipulative work of philosophical fiction featuring strong performances, but a troubled narrative."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"A thought experiment about who gets picked to survive a nuclear Armageddon. Intelligent dialog about utilitarian ethical choices."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"This is a flawed film, but it's also one that's not completely without merit."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"This ambitious teen-oriented fantasy is like taking a university philosophy course in The Twilight Zone."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Philosophical thriller After The Dark collapses under a nifty concept."
‑ Nikola Grozdanovic, The Playlist
"Movies that privilege ideas over action are rare enough that it's hard not to wish them well, and After the Dark gets off to a good start...But its surprise ending isn't quite as surprising as it ought to be"
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"After The Dark is a smart, witty, and thoughtful thriller that offers a fresh take on the apocalypse genre."
‑ Matt Donato, We Got This Covered
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