Fifteen years ago plague destroyed civilization. A woman is now ready to give birth to the first child born since the decimation. Struggling to survive, she finds hope and courage through a voice on the radio.
Joshua Leonard (Michael), Azura Skye (Sarah), Diane Salinger (Margaret), Aaron Hendry (Pierre), Nathan Baesel (David), Reg Cathey (Samuel), Charlie Talbert (Janus), Malika (Dilcy), Khadijah (Delinda).
20 Years After is a confusing mess of post-apocalyptic cliches mixed with an attempted morality lesson that the film almost seems afraid to present. The plot is plodding and slow with poorly done turning points and tepid movement. Character development feels forgotten in the attempt to impress us with the hopelessness of the ugly new world. There are a few interesting moments in the film and toward the end things come together a bit but they just aren’t enough to save this lifeless and bland presentation. Add plot and setting inconsistencies and interest is eventually lost.
Acting was as dry as the plot with a serious lack of energy and emotion from everyone involved. It almost felt as if they were phoning this one in or someone left the script at home and it was all ad-lib.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were mildly more interesting than acting and plot but weren’t enough to save this one. Again, they felt dry and lifeless throughout. Dialogue is somewhat lame and lacking spark of any kind. Sound and soundtrack were okay.
Overall 20 Years After is a poor attempt at creating a post-apocalyptic impression that felt as lifeless and void of energy as a post-apocalyptic world should. Sadly there is nothing here to sink your teeth into. Pass on this one unless you enjoyed 80’s B-movies greatly.
With some violence this should be fine for older teens and above.
20 Years After is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 1 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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