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Aftershock review

An earthquake hits Chile, and Eli Roth gets in on the action

Stupid, spluttery fun from Eli Roth, who wrote, produced and stars in this assholes-abroad schlocker.

Roth’s character – nicknamed Gringo – and two equally obnoxious over-aged man-children head to Santiago, Chile for a booze ’n’ broads excursion when a “mega-quake” hits, destroying the city and turning its denizens into rape-and-murder-happy psychopaths.

Will our scurrilous trio survive?

Probably not, and that’s the fun part about Aftershock: it gleefully chops its cast down in increasingly alarming and brutal ways.

There’s some ugly misogyny to contend with, and the first half hour of bros-on-the-town antics are pretty painful.

But it’s worth it for the hair-raising, shoot-the-hostages mayhem of the final reels.

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Ken McIntyre

Ken McIntyre is a freelance writer who has spent years covering music and film. You'll find Ken in the pages of Total Film and here on GamesRadar, using his experience and expertise to dive into the history of cinema and review the latest films. You'll also find him writing features and columns for other Future Plc brands, such as Metal Hammer and Classic Rock magazine.