Through the Ashes

2019

Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi

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IMDb Rating 3.4 10 118

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Reviewed by Aylmer 5 / 10 / 10

Some amazing action scenes undermined by acting and story shortcomings

Some weak performances in key roles severely hamper this low budget post apocalpytic film which follows in the footsteps of THE ROAD in many areas including unrelentingly bleak overall atmosphere. The other big setback here is that the story and script spell things out a little too much in some areas and not enough in others. The protagonist apparently rides out the apocalypse in an underground bunker and emerges to find civil order completely wiped away... by the very same gang of criminals who visited her house just before the whole country fell apart? When did they have time to do all this? We really needed some kind of news report or some other way of communicating what happened to society other than just getting it fed to us by the first character the protagonist runs into. Unfortunately the budget can't quite convince us that society fell apart the way that he explains it either. We see some very convincing charred ruins at the start of the movie but most of the rest of the film shows things largely as "business as usual" if you look to the background and while the irradiated survivors often sport filthy make-up, their clothes seem oddly clean. A more interesting (and populated) realization for the bad guys' fortress, more emotional investment in some characters prior to their deaths, and more depravity on the part of the villains would have gone a long way. It's a shame things aren't made narratively more engaging because a few of the action sequences (including some shootouts and a car chase) later in the film work surprisingly well. There's even a scene where a woman climbs into an anti-aircraft gun and totally shreds an oncoming car. Also the young actress who plays the estranged daughter puts in a very spirited performance. Her character makes some pretty bizarre decisions but the actress comes across believable nonetheless. I also have to give props to the composer for producing some excellently 80's synth wave tracks to breath some life into the proceedings. Worth checking out of post-nuke completists fresh out of Wasteland Weekend.

Reviewed by Pycal 1 / 10 / 10

Tightly Paced and Full of Action

THROUGH THE ASHES is an ambitious microbudget post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie which was at least partially inspired by (and filmed amongst) the rubble of California's deadliest wildfire. While there's certainly ethical arguments that could be made there, there's no denying that it gives the earlier part of the movie a chilling Cinéma vérité quality that green screens and CGI environments (particularly on the budget afforded) could not have achieved. While the film doesn't manage to grapple very heavily in lofty themes, it's certainly a post-apocalyptic movie that feels very much like a product of 2019. Instead of the typical Cold War era narrative of rival super powers blowing themselves out of existence, this film's apocalypse is ushered in by a group of extremists (known simply as The Disciples) that take the law into their own hands and go out to pillage, plunder, enslave populations, and establish a new world order. While the exposition makes The Disciples sound like more of a force than the film is ultimately able to depict them, these characters nevertheless feel unique for the genre. Unlike a lot of films of its type, this movie directly deals with the people who caused the apocalypse as The Disciples figure in as the movie's very villains. Also, instead of the lead character being a Mad Max type, she's a middle aged housewife named Sloan (played by Keely Dervin) and we're treated to flashbacks of what her life was like before her neighborhood and surrounding areas turned into a wasteland. It's a more human take on the genre and Sloan's ambitions are simply to regain her displaced family and maintain a sense of normalcy after losing so much of her old life. For the most part however, ASHES isn't overly concerned with plot or substance. It's an entertaining and briskly paced movie and makes its way mostly from action scene to action scene without being boring. While it's tough to call any of the action set pieces the best in director Fredianelli's nearly forty film oeuvre, they certainly stand out among what we've seen in his past few films and are a return to form to the director's earlier more Peckinpah infused take on violence. There's a real visceral quality to the action and the slow-motion discharge of blank ammunition and squibs makes the impact of every onscreen wound or death inflicted felt. The movie also mixes practical and digital effects to a very effective level making the CGI difficult to spot to the untrained eye. In addition to many moments of gunplay, the film contains a rather ambitious car chase sequence. Though not as large in scope (or as dangerous) as the one in Fredianelli's backwoods thriller HUNTER AND THE HUNTER, the cool cars and vehicle attached heavy weaponry more than make it stand out on its own. Overall, the acting isn't the strongest there's been in a Wild Dogs movie and there are a few awkward line readings and stilted performances. Standing out most among the cast members by far is Fredianelli himself in a turn as a truly sleazy villain. While his character is largely a minor one in the scheme of the film, he's certainly one of the movie's most memorable. Despite being clunky in parts, ASHES still comes recommended to any fan of action cinema. While it might not stand as essential Wild Dogs, the movie delivers the goods and entertains in spades. The running time buzzes by and will surely lend itself well to a good movie night.

Reviewed by anikony 1 / 10 / 10

Do not bother with it, it is painful.

I had high hopes for this one, the story seems to be interesting. And it could be. But the acting is awful, my 5 years old niece would do a better job.It is painful to watch. Do yourself a favor and avoid it.

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