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A twisty, fast-paced 'Aftermath' intrigues
A twisty, fast-paced 'Aftermath' intrigues

The intriguing thriller "Aftermath" could be called blue-collar noir. With its clutch of shady characters, pitch dark humor and blunt talk, the film evokes such 1990s-era criminal outings as "Fargo," "Reservoir Dogs" and "True Romance," but set in the world of home construction. Despite an effectively unsettling visual style and kinetic storytelling, though, the film can't help but feel hamstrung by its lengthy history: Shooting began in late 2005, but due to the 2006 death of co-star Chris Penn plus subsequent complications and delays, the film reportedly wasn't completed until 2012. The result is a bit of a patchwork, one that's...

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