Vanishing on 7th Street
January 13, 2011
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Director Brad Anderson has directed some great films. Session 9 is one of my all-time favorites and The Machinist was nothing short of amazing. Here, he continues down the thriller/horror route, making up for some of the ground lost in Transsiberian.
Vanishing on 7th Street tells the story of massive blackout. At one moment, everything is fine; the next, the electricity is out all over the city and almost everyone is gone. Only a few scattered people remain. We follow Luke, played by Hayden Christensen, as a reporter turned anti-hero. The survivors know that the darkness holds something sinister within it. Luke and the others attempt to keep the darkness at bay as the sun rises later and sets earlier each day.
Vanishing is a classic B-movie plot that is reminiscent of “The Twilight Zone”. The darkness is the enemy, so the film plays with off-screen violence and builds tension by using shadows. The film could have easily been PG-13 had the swearing been lessened a bit, but the freedom of the R rating allows the film to explore the suspense and frustration of these characters. Hayden Christensen does a solid job of centering the movie, with Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo backing him up. Though the ending feels a bit contrived, the journey is still an interesting one. Recommended for people who like a smarter type of horror film. 2.5 out of 5 stars