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After the Fall (2014)

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A suburban father and husband embraces a life of crime in order to support his family.

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Saar Klein
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wes Bentley ... Bill Scanlon
Kevin Owen McDonald ... Mechanic
Haley Bennett ... Ruby
Vinessa Shaw ... Susan Scanlon
Jason Isaacs ... Frank McTiernan
Jamaica Forest Leyba Jamaica Forest Leyba ... Teddy
Billy Miles Billy Miles ... Henry
Keith Carradine ... Charles
Audrey Walters ... Babs
Alex Knight ... Dave
Luis Bordonada ... Jorge
Matthew Page ... Marv (as Matt Page)
Rafael Herrera Rafael Herrera ... Bowling Alley Manager
Stacy Shane ... Larry
Chad Brummett Chad Brummett ... Rick
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When everyday family man Bill loses his job, his peaceful life quickly spirals out of control. Terrified that he will lose everything he has achieved he turns to a life of crime, descending into drastic and dangerous measures to stay ahead of the law and willing to do whatever it may take to provide for his family the same as he always has financially. As he fights to provide for his family, Bill discovers that one of the only things worse than getting caught is could be getting away with it. Written by Mike Slomanski

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Desperate times call for desperate measures

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Things People Do See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Directorial debut of Saar Klein. See more »

Quotes

Bill Scanlon: Eventually the truth comes out.
Frank McTiernan: Fuck the truth. It doesn't matter.
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22 February 2015 | by transient-2See all my reviews

I doubt 'After the Fall' was conceived as a sequel to 'Falling Down' but the movies do have a similar subject. Wes Bentley plays the protagonist, who begins to have money issues after losing his job. His character is completely unsympathetic, a sociopath who lies easily to his family and goes on an increasingly reckless crime spree because he's too prideful to ask for money from his father-in-law. Instead, he robs complete strangers at gunpoint with an astonishing lack of anxiety or hesitation; he moves like a career criminal with no fear of getting caught. His occasional indulgence in rants and his spontaneous petty interventions suggest a desire for social justice, but his actions are transparently hypocritical and the film has established that nothing he says can be believed. It's hard to see any arc of development at all in this character because Bentley doesn't emote. He never varies his facial expressions beyond a look of frustrated detachment - his eyes never change, his face doesn't move; he walks quietly through dry scenes set to meditative music posing with the same look in every shot, and he never experiences remorse. His wife (Vinessa Shaw) is a trophy, a prop to suggest his motivation, but she's so completely oblivious and implausibly stupid, she doesn't interact enough to actually humanize him. There are plenty of scenes of his children happily playing or asking questions. The implication is that Bentley never swallows his pride because he cares for his family - that alone should justify lying to them and sadistically hurting whoever he wants. This movie will be of special interest to you if you think your wife is useless and your children are such a burden, it could justify murder and suicide.


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