Arnold Truly Becomes an Actor with this Movie (by gauravhenry)
I have grown up watching Arnold be the Barbarian, be a machine, be the strong man he has always been, but never ever did i feel that he would be able to touch my emotional chords. With Aftermath, he has done what the world did not think he was capable of. A truly gripping acting performance.The period of bereavement, the emotional imbalance, the true portrayal of a man hurt and saddened by events of life..what a great performance. I highly recommend this movie. Arnold you have done what no one expected you to do.
Best Arnold acting ever. Oscar bound? (by celtic451-228-782719)
I'm glad I ignored the haters and rented this movie, but I wasn't expecting high action and car chases either. This is a drama, a great drama at that, and most dramas aren't action movies and are a little slow paced compared to action movies. I have to say this is the best acting Arnold has ever done. I honestly think his performance is Oscar worthy. Also, all of the acting in this movie was excellent, even Christopher Darga some of you may remember him as the driver in the tennis episode of Seinfeld was great even though he had a small role in the movie, but he made the most of <more>
it big time. I found throughout the movie putting myself in both of the lead character's shoes and thinking how would I react? I felt sympathy for both of them. I have to admit I was caught off-guard in how it played out, so that was a surprise twist for me. I didn't totally like the ending, but I understood the point of it. Great movie. Must see!
Full credit to Arnie for a performance worthy of the masters (by MartianTom)
It's a long time since I've posted an iMDB reviiew. But I felt I had to add something on this occasion to try to bring up the overall critical rating of this movie.It's clearly based on the Überlingen mid-air collision in 2002, when Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937, a Tupolev Tu-154 passenger jet, and DHL Flight 611, a Boeing 757 cargo jet, collided in mid-air over Überlingen, a southern German town on Lake Constance.A year and a half after the crash, on 24 February 2004, Peter Nielsen, the air traffic controller on duty at the time of the collision, was murdered in an apparent <more>
act of revenge by Vitaly Kaloyev, a Russian citizen who had lost his wife and two children in the accident.Those are the facts of that case. Here, in fictionalised form, a similar incident is replayed. No one can understand the grief and emotional trauma of such a situation - on both sides - unless they've live through it themselves. But here, we have two actors who give their best in trying to put those things across: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Scoot McNairy. And it's Arnie who deserves the most credit here. An actor perhaps best known for brainless action flicks, here he gives a lifetime-best performance, and really earns his acting chops. A nominee for an Oscar if ever I saw one.So, please ignore the low reviews, and any past experiences you may have had of Arnie's acting credentials. Here, he delivers the goods - and powerfully.But don't take my word for it. Just watch.
Impressive performance from the one of the expendables. He still can capture the screen in other ways than breaking the walls, shooting big guns or punching everybody as an android or not. And he can really "talk" more than he says. He has sometimes the simplicity and sharpness in expression of an Anthony Hopkins from "Legends of the fall". Looking forward for the Arnie's next movies...
This movie draws attention to real life conflict between culpability and the value of life. (by puma_heart)
This movie is not a fast paced adventure story. It is a real life story about big business and its lack of common respect for the "little guy". The reason I rated it so highly is because of the honesty of this portrayal and the seeming hopelessness of loss, not just on the part of family members but also on the part of the air traffic controller.Corporate America has become so used to walking over the rights and humanity of others in the name of the almighty dollar with their legalese that it would rather bully, threaten , and mistreat the employees and the victims than say the two <more>
words we all need to hear most--a simple "I'm sorry".I applaud the actors and actresses who worked hard to give "the little guy" a voice in such a horrific tragedy. Perhaps a few executives will take something away from this movie, and make some much needed changes to the way that they handle accidents. Maybe it will encourage commercial airline executives to look beyond the worry of culpability and actually treat the families of victims as though they were human. its only two words. "I'm Sorry".
...but this is a sensitive, emotional and very well acted and directed film starring Arnold Schwartzenegger. After watching it I wondered why the IMDb score was relatively low at 5.9. It seems that the reviews are split down the middle between those like me who were pleasantly surprised and those who expected and can't get their heads around the fact that Arnie can play such a good, multi faceted role. SPOILER : My one criticism is that and I may have missed it the film makes no reference to the findings of the Inquiry into the air crash and the role played by the air traffic controller.
Possibly Schwarzeneggers Best Performance (by slightlymad22)
Arnie is back in possibly the best performance of his career.Plot In A Paragraph: Two strangers' lives become inextricably bound together after a devastating plane crash.I really enjoyed it. I'd go so far as to say it's safe as to say it's the best Arnie led movie since his return for politics. It's certainly his best performance. It's a performance lots of people doubted he had in him. I love the big guy, but I've often thought he never really had any acting talent, and he got by on his charisma and surrounding himself with top talented directors. I think it says <more>
something that I thought his best performance was in Terminator 2, as a non human. Here he absolutely knocks it out of the park, he is superb and utterly heartbreaking! Scott McNairy is equally as good as The air traffic controller Jake Baonos. He certainly is not the villain of the peace. There was only one bad guy in the movie as far as I'm concerned and he was a smarmy lawyer played by to arrogant perfection by Kevin Zegers without an ounce of empathy in him.If I have once complaint, it's about the movies ending, which I one ruin here. All in all a compelling, well acted, well made movie. Give me thanks like this over yet another Fast & Furious or Transformers movie any day!! I hope this leads to more dramatic work for Arnie, as he shows here he has it in his locker to surprise people. I hope they take notice.
One of Arnold's Best performances of his acting career (by stephenw-30180)
I've read the other reviews and they range in numerical rating from 1/10 to 10/10. Does that say a lot about the Film itself, or the people reviewing the film? I say with confidence, the latter.First, I understand people from around the globe use IMDb as it's the premier Movie information sight available on the net. However, please, if your going to write a review which the public will read to gauge whether or not to view a film, learn how to write with correct and coherent grammatical form. Much is lost if an opinion of the author does not know how to formulate a sentence....now that <more>
I've said that, on to the review.In a nutshell, this is NOT a Schwarznegger superhero Conan the Barbarian type role for him. Nor does it resemble any of his early over the top massive budget roles in which his acting was never really anything to write home about.This film however, depicts him in a real life situation of the most dreadful type. And I have to say I believe it to be one of, if not, the Best performance of his career. It's the first time I've ever seen him in a role that encompasses pain, anguish, self awareness and love. He is believable and does a great job in conveying that role. Scoot Mcnairy does a fine job as well as the "so called" villain. Actually, there are no villains in this film. It is a tragic human interest movie and a trifle hard to watch. No spoilers here.....along with Schwarznegger producing this film, Darren Aranovsky did as well. For those who gave this film a terrible review, you are entitled to your opinion. That said, know this! Darren Aranovsky would not lend his name in ANY capacity to a film that he would view as garbage, as one reviewer called it.My recommendation is to watch the film and see for yourself. It is by no means a "feel good" movie. It is a well put together film with a solid story to tell. IMO, whether or not an Arnold fan, it is worth the 90 minutes as it does what a good film should do....it moves you.
Arnold Schwarzenegger performs well outside of action too. (by stefan-526-296130)
Don't expect any Terminators jumping around in this movie. The plot is somewhat new, and not a used up scenario you find in every second movie.It's a movie that goes a bit deeper than the usual special effects movies these days.I did not find this movie boring as some stated, it got a slow pace but well thought. The characters need to breathe to send their message out.So if you want pure action, stay away from it, if you like movies that bring their message with acting, go for it. Arnold Schwarzenegger is talking with his whole body, that's what I prefer to overextended <more>
dialogues.So if you thought you leave it out, because it's just a 6 rating, you might miss an interesting new face of Arnold Schwarzenegger.The actors around him did a good job as well.