The After (2023) Short Movie Review – Netflix short almost knocks it out the park

Netflix short almost knocks it out the park

The After is an emotionally charged short film, tackling a very important topic – grief. It also almost touches on the idea of suicide too, although that’s way more ambiguous in the grand scheme of things. However, it is worth pointing out that 77% of suicides are from men, and it’s the leading cause of death for males under 50. Given the topic we’re dealing with here, it’s fair to assume the film does have hints of this rippling in the background.

The After is a hot topic short in that respect, following a man called Dayo who finds his world turned upside down following a tragic accident. After a shocking prologue, the rest of the short follows Dayo as he works as a ride-share driver. He’s broken. He’s just trying to get through the day. And the little snippets of life he’s hearing in the backseat are painful daggers that prick his aching heart into remembering the past.

Dayo mostly keeps to himself, but he’s bottling up his grief and emotions, which threaten to explode in dramatic fashion at any time. As a male, you’re regularly told to “man up” and not show emotion, and The After does tackle some of these societal expectations here.

Thematically, The After does extremely well to show the contrast between menial issues and more serious problems that people face, and also how we handle that in life. For Dayo, he closes himself off to everyone around him, and it’s not until late on where he starts to go on a character arc… but then the film ends.

Given the constrained timeline to work with, the film ends so abruptly and doesn’t fully complete the arc that Dayo is on. This journey of self-healing and acceptance is one that would have worked extremely well with another 15 minutes or so, but alas, The After ends before it really gets into the meat of the drama.

What we get here then is a thematically relevant short, one that manages to do a good job to keep you captivated until the end but it doesn’t quite knock it out the park. It’s an important film that touches on important topics no doubt, but it also doesn’t quite hit that killer hammer blow to make it outstanding.

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  • Verdict - 7.5/10

16 thoughts on “The After (2023) Short Movie Review – Netflix short almost knocks it out the park”

  1. The ending…. It’s abrupt leaving viewers with an unfinished story. But cinematically, sudden endings are used to enhance the experience, the intrigue. And in this movie it definitely does. The cabbie was distraught that the young girl was walking into the unpleasant situation of her parents quarreling. Perhaps he played the spasm to divert the ensuing quarrel. The girl’s gesture of hugging him when he had that attack had that human instinct, that even the father mood also changes and approaches the cabbie to check whether he was alright

  2. I thought it was terrible: thin and fake. And when any movie ends with a faux sensitive pop song playing—you know the director is reaching (or just doesn’t have any ideas). This “film” was a waste of time.

  3. I saw so much pain Dayo deeply suffered in this 18 minutes. The After was short but brilliantly put together for the viewers. Many people, who lost loved ones, prefer to keep the pain, emotion, and feeling of emptiness to themselves until one day something clicks. Then they experience the moment of enlightenment to help them realize life is not permanent. We must love, learn and try to avoid the worst, but if the worst comes in our way; we can first deny but must accept, let go and move on. Life won’t stop, it keeps going as is with all same various kinds of drama.

  4. Dayo’s outpouring of grief and then his almost sudden stillness like the grief tap was turned off for a moment is so familiar to me. Exactly how I often feel after losing my son in a tragic way. How did he know that way of grief is a thing.

  5. crazy when, in the beginning, his wife and daughter are killed at the hands of an evil black man with a knife.

  6. This was so simple, and so relatable. A moment in my life that will not get swept up in the debris. This will stay with me. Brutal; beautiful.

  7. Sensational short film ! magnificent Dayo and his entourage played this to the tea. The realization, the moments, the final enlightenment.

  8. Awesome movie…what a great actor, David Oyelowo…simply wow! Thank you for bring the issue of grief to the fore. This was deep.

  9. SO good. Anyone who has lost someone and knows the pain will relate on the deepest level. What a brilliant actor. I felt his pain to my cor. Short but simply amazing!!!

  10. I haven’t cried in a while but when the young girl hugged Dayo from behind, like she knew his sadness, and how she knew he knew hers, that hit me hard. I agree it could of certainly been longer and done more with his arc, but also understood that in that moment once he fell to the floor and let go for that second, he overcome something. All he needed was that hug. I guess that was all we needed to know he was going to be OK. Life is painful, but sometimes you have to let go, if you want to survive.

  11. This is the most devastating movie I have ever seen. If they give acting awards for short movies, they should give them to the actor who portrays Dayo.

  12. This is the most devastating movie I have ever seen. If they give acting awards for short movies, they should give to the actor who portrays Dayo.

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