Schwarzenegger’s New True Crime Drama Has A Trailer!
Directed by Elliott Lester (Blitz – 2011) and written by Javier Gulliøn (Enemy – 2013), this film was produced by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler) and his production company, Protozoa Pictures. The music was by Mark D. Todd and cinematography came from Pieter Vermeer. Alongside Arnold we’ve got Maggie Grace playing Christina, Kevin Zegers as John Gullick, Hannah Ware as Tessa, Scoot McNairy as Paul Bonanos, Mariana Klaveno as Eve Sanders, and Larry Sullivan as James Gullick.
Originally titled “478,” Aftermath is a R-rated thriller-ama with an expected runtime of 1 hour and 32 minutes. This is based on the true story of an airline accident that happened on July 1st of 2002 and the troubling events that happened 478 days later. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Viktor, a father who lost his wife, daughter, and unborn grandchild when Bashkirian Airlines flight 2937 and DHL flight 611 collided in the sky. Desperate to hold someone accountable for the loss of his family, Viktor goes on a quest for answers and inevitably revenge, setting his sights on a swiss air traffic controller named Peter Nielsen.
Right off the bat, the trailer and general premise of the film led me to see shades of another Arnold “gem” from way back in 2002 – the gritty action drama, Collateral Damage – where Arnold goes all “Commando” (see what I did there) and hunts down terrorist rebels in the jungles of South America to avenge the deaths of his loved ones.
The tone of the film appears somber yet electrifying – there’s a lot of emotion here. We’re following a man’s journey through all the stages of grief: disbelief, denial, bargaining, guilt, anger, depression, acceptance, and hope. Although, judging by the fact that we know this story ends with a murder we wonder if there will be any of the last stage at all.
It’s a welcomed change from the action oriented stories of Schwarzenegger’s past. It seems as of late he’s been taking some rather serious narrative risks. Look at 2015’s zombie drama Maggie for example where he plays a father wrestling with the emotions behind the inevitable death of his daughter after she’s been infected by a zombie virus. It makes sense, the older he gets the less physical he can be and he needs to rely on his acting chops to carry the story.