Vanishing On 7th Street
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An unexplained blackout plunges the city of Detroit into total darkness, and by the time the sun rises, only a few people remain, surrounded by heaps of empty clothing, abandoned cars and lengthening shadows. A small handful of strangers that have survived the night (Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo and Jacob Latimore) each find their way to a rundown bar. With daylight beginning to disappear completely and whispering shadows surrounding the survivors, they soon discover that the enemy is the darkness itself.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 53
- Fresh: 27
- Rotten: 26
- Average Rating: 5.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Working from a script with diminishing returns by Anthony Jaswinski, Mr. Anderson smartly frontloads the movie, drawing you in with long shots of deserted cityscapes, the quiet punctured by periodic bird calls and dog barks.
Rotten: Mostly, we're left staring blankly at a quartet of victimized ciphers.
Fresh: Anderson spends most of his energy creating a mood - making "Vanishing" more cerebral than white-knuckle, though a few more shrieks (mine) might have been nice.
Rotten: All the trappings of a horror film without any real horror or jolts.
For the price? Heck No.
I gotta admit that the trailer seemed intriguing enough for me to justify spending the last of my money on renting it, however after seeing it I can safely say that the movie was lacking in more ways than one. If you don't care about your money then rent it then come back to these reviews and realize that the positive reviews were probably written by the same people who set the price.
This movie really sucked don't waste your money on this movie.
With minimal music, dialog that is afraid to actually get philosophical, and an ending writers are warned never to write because the cliché is older than The Twilight Zone, "Vanishing on 7th Street" can never rise above the atmosphere it is so desperate to create. There are the usual tropes found in films of this kinds: lots of shouting, stupid choices, flashbacks (from which we learn little), and not-very-dramatic journeys that turn out to be all in their heads.
There are a few tense moments, an interesting visual or two, and the sad realization that Hayden Christensen is still being punished for participating in the second Star Wars trilogy. When will his sentence be served!?