Vanishing on 7th Street' is directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinest) and stars Hayden Christenson, (Luke) Thandie Newton(Rosemary) and JohnLeguizamo(Paul). An unexplained blackout plunges the city of Detroit into total darkness. By the time the sun rises, only a few people remain, surrounded by heaps of empty clothing, abandoned cars and lengthening dark shadows.
Luke, Rosemarie and Paul each find their way to a rundown bar where they're greeted by a boy, James(newcomer Jacob Latimore) holding a shotgun. James informs the trio that his mother manages the place, she's gone for a help and will be back any minute. She told James to keep an eye on the gasoline powered generator. That's the only thing keeping the lights on. The bar is stockpiled with food and drink making it the last refuge in the deserted city.
With the daylight beginning to disappear completely and large whispering shadows surrounding the survivors, they soon discover that the enemy is the darkness itself and only the few remaining light sources can keep them safe. As darkness closes in, their only choice, is to leave the bar and find a way out of the city.
Sounds like a great premise...Unfortunately the writer, Anthony Jaswinski was clueless when he came to executing the script. The characters aren't very interesting, there are only a couple really scary moments, the story is underdeveloped and the ending...well let's just say this is one of the lowest bagel awards the 'Two Jews On Film' have ever given a movie. Opens in select theaters Friday, February 25, 2011.
Brad Anderson, the director of “The Machinist”, “Session 9” and “Transsiberian” goes back to the horror genre with the creepy ‘shadowy’ horror film called “Vanishing On 7th Street”. The director knows how to generate suspense and that aura of mystery as he has proven in “Session 9” and while the film’s script (written by Anthony Jaswinski) may be flawed, Anderson does succeed in drawing scares from nothing as the horror … more
** out of **** For what it is, I guess "Vanishing on 7th" street can't really be called "bad". It has good intentions - and yes, ALL OF THEM are good - but such things can only go so far before you need to bring some actual creativity into the equation. I was hoping to be one of those few, but respected people that enjoyed the flick. I tried, I tried, and I tried; but kept drawing blanks when it came to why this movie might be considered good. Some people might like the fact … more
Star Rating: Brad Anderson is aiming for something here, and I have absolutely no idea what it is. His film, Vanishing on 7th Street, is chilling but impenetrable, a stylish and moody horror film that’s heavily symbolic of nothing clear or attainable. It’s founded on one of the oldest and most basic dualities there is, namely the battle between light and dark; this is a good, reliable metaphor, but it only works if the story in some way resolves … more
Joan and John Schwartz (twojewsonfilm_2)
We're married, ex New Yorkers, see a lot of films and seldom agree. We rate films with bagels...one to five. My husband, John created the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH. I'm an actress/screenwriter. &nbs … more
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