The romantic drama film After was a big success. Despite its quality, After earned $70 million worldwide against the budget of $14 million. This success only proves that however bad the quality of the source material is, if it has many fans, the film adaptation will sell.
That’s what motivated the studio to produce After’s sequel, After We Collided. It was released in the latter half of 2020, where the world is still battling with coronavirus. The movie continues the story of Tessa Young (played by Josephine Langford) and Hardin Scott (played by Hero Fiennes Tiffin) after the events of the first movie.
Tessa and Hardin reconcile after he confessed his love to her through his essay. However, things won’t be easy, as they have to face several challenges to make their relationship work. Tessa also has to face Hardin’s inner demons, which complicates their relationship. Things get worse when there is a revelation about Hardin’s past, which makes Tessa question her relationship.
A sequel for After is absolutely not needed, even when it ended with a cliffhanger. But here we are. After We Collided continues the nonsense its predecessor has, only this time multiplied and doubled. We still see a girl who is falling madly in love with her abuser, proving once again that Stockholm Syndrome is real.
The sequel also has many sex scenes, more than its predecessor. Watching sex scenes of Tessa and Hardin, where the actors who played them have zero chemistry, is a very uncomfortable experience. The dialogues are cringe-inducing, the technical aspects are below subpar, and the script is nonsensical. It feels like this movie operates in another realm, where nothing makes sense.
Just like its predecessor, After We Collided does not have any redeemable quality, except their use of Sufjan Steven’s music. Anyone should not waste their time watching this on theater, especially when it is currently dangerous to do so. This movie is only for people who want to get a quick laugh about the comical quality of this film.