Arnold Week: Aftermath (2017)

Directed by Elliott Lester and written by Javier Gullón, Aftermath is based on the 2002 Überlingen mid-air collision of a passenger airliner with a cargo jet with Arnold Schwarzenegger playing the part of Roman Melnyk, who is based on Vitaly Kaloyev, who lost his wife and two children in the actual accident and then tracked down air traffic controller Peter Nielsen and killed him in front of his family.

Aftermath is perhaps not the Arnold movie you were looking for, as this is a movie in which he struggles with the lost of his family and attempts to figure out how to deal with Jacob “Jake” Bonanos not being punished.

Unlike the real air traffic controller — who Vitaly claims never showed remorse and actually was nearly rude about it — Jacob’s life has been destroyed by the accident as well. The cycle of pain continues with his son dreaming of killing Roman.

This movie was filmed in the perfect place for Arnold: Columbus, Ohio, the home of his Arnold Classic. Roman’s construction site is actually the parking garage for the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

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