Here’s a question: is this the new wave of films we’re expecting? Have we lost all sense of creativity that now we have to look towards terrible events as a means to create a film with emotional appeal? Be it Patriots Day or Bastille Day from last year alone, to countless other films released in the past decade– it’s a manipulation of the emotions that warrants questioning. Granted, this is completely different from historical films like All The President’s Men or Zodiac, but then the question is, is it any different than films from World War II or Vietnam, like Pearl Harbor or Apocalypse Now?
Arnold Schwarzenegger is definitely pulling it in with that emotional appeal. He lost his wife all the while is busy attempting to fight a white guy in power who lost his old job.
No, this isn’t the real world. Well, it is the real world (re: above). Arnold plays someone looking for revenge (again, not a repeat) from a man who is about to get off with a literal slap on the wrist– for killing his wife and daughter.
Aftermath stars Schwarzenegger plays Roman, a man awaiting his wife’s and pregnant daughter’s (played by Maggie Grace and Hannah Ware) plane arrival. Now while he’s getting flowers for his loves and eyeing the flight arrivals, air traffic controller Paul Bonanos (played by Scoot McNairy) neglects to check the flight trajectories, and needless to say, two planes collide, taking along Roman’s family.
That’s where the trailer ends– along with some rather disturbing lines delivered by Schwarzenegger as he demands Bonanos apologizes for his family’s death– but there’s so much more with the story. This is based off of the real 2002 Überlingen mid-air collision between flights Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937 adn DH: Flight 611, killing a total of 71 people. An investigation found the Swiss air traffic control at fault, namely Peter Nielsen who was the controller during the collision. Two years later, Vitaly Kaloyev assassinated Nielsen in retribution for the death of his wife and two children. Whether the film will continue in this line is questionable– as they switched the circumstances of “Roman’s” family– yet is reasonably expected.
Aftermath is directed by Elliott Lester (Love Is the Drug) and is written by Javier Gullon (Enemy), all the while Darren Aronofsky has signed on as producer. The film is set to come out on April 7th, and you can watch the trailer below.