Beyond Fright Review: THE AFTERMATH

aftermathposterDrugs and alcohol can do a lot to people. I’ve seen first  hand how much destruction that falling into overuse of whatever vices one has can do to a life, and it can get quite ugly. When it comes to the subject of addiction in film though, it’s always a mixed bag, with either actors going a little too far, and becoming caricatures, or when done right, are able to convey the despair that one can feel when trapped in the grips of addiction. True Blood/THE FAULT IN OUR STARS‘ Sam Trammell goes for the latter, bringing the audience into Tim McCann’s expertly directed and acted film THE AFTERMATH into a real-life feeling, reminiscent of a friend you once knew, destroying his life.

Told in a series of flashbacks mixed with a present day narrative, THE AFTERMATH shows two sides of its protagonist Sonny, one in the past, a man with a decent job and a rocky marriage and the Sonny of today, a man living in a motel room, strung out on crack and barely resembling the man he used to be. Trammell’s ability to do such different things with each time period really shows his versatility as an actor, and his little nuances while being strung out absolutely break your heart to see. If you’ve ever known anybody in your life that has fought addiction, Trammell’s performance will shake you to your core, and it’s absolutely wonderful to see such a strong performance from someone who could have easily been typecast after his role as Sam on True Blood. When he hires a prostitute for companionship and things get bad, Sonny gets angry, and refuses to pay the woman, which culminated with her pimp taking a very important necklace from Sonny as payment.

From that moment on in the film, Sonny is on a dangerous mission, one that as a viewer, you continually find yourself wondering why Sonny would put himself in such bad situations just to get the necklace back. As bad as things seem to be heading toward, things get even worse when Sonny crosses paths with Franki, a tough as hell criminal whose people are the ones who took the necklace from Sonny and who also plays a part in his past. DEATH PROOF‘s Vanessa Ferlito gives a NY-tough feeling performance and makes Franki a woman boss who could beat the living hell out of any male counterparts.

It’s painful as a viewer to go through such a dark and sketchy time alongside Sonny, a man so defeated by past mistakes, that all he wants to do is find some form of redemption through the lost necklace. The places he’s forced to go to, emotionally and criminally by Franki are upsetting ones, and you find yourself clinging so tightly to Trammell’s performance of a lifetime, that it pains you to think that he might not walk out of this situation in one piece.

A heartfelt and heartbreaking tale of loss, redemption and self destruction, THE AFTERMATH is a film that show just how wonderful of an actor that Trammell is and just how effective of a story that McCann can direct.