Vanishing on 7th Street

Vanishing on 7th Street

Brad Anderson (2010)

87min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A promising idea never realises its full potential in this excessively vague and ultimately underwhelming horror from The Machinist director Brad Anderson. Playing like an episode of The Twilight Zone, this skeletal picture is predominantly atmosphere but scant content, as Detroit residents Hayden Christensen and Thandie Newton find themselves among the last survivors after a massive blackout unleashes a mysterious, creeping darkness that literally vanishes humans. Along with John Lequizamo and impressive child newcomer Jacob Latimore, the duo hole up in a bar on the titular thoroughfare, where they do little but bicker and share limited back stories, while the film's score, rather than any basic action, provides a modicum of tension. Granted, Anderson achieves some reasonably eerie and occasionally jolting visuals, particularly in the early daylight scenes. However, once permanent night takes over, everything is too under-lit and restrained to create a truly effective source of fear from the slinking blackness and its accompanying, ghostly sound effects.

Summary

Detroit is inexplicably plunged into darkness, during which most of the population vanish without trace. A small group of survivors gathers in a deserted bar as daylight disappears from sight, only to realise there is something deadly lurking in the shadows. Horror, starring Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo and Jacob Latimore.

Cast & Crew

Luke Hayden Christensen
Rosemary Thandie Newton
Paul John Leguizamo
James Jacob Latimore
Briana Taylor Groothuis
Paige Erin Nicole Brolley
Concession girl Jordan Trovillion
Bike messenger Larry Fessenden
Director Brad Anderson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVD
Drama