Vanishing on 7th Street (+ Digital Copy)
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Too much goes unexplained. For example, we see John Leguizamo stranded in his darkened movie theater one minute - then we next see him lying battered and bruised in an illuminated bus stop shelter. What happened to get him there? In his commentary, Director Anderson says that there was some scripting that would have explained Leguizamo's trajectory, but a variety of constraints prevented this explanation from becoming part of the film. Actually, Anderson thought this was all to the good though - that some things were best left to the imagination. I'm not so sure about that. It seems Leguizamo's navigation of the engulfing, vanquishing night would have been one of the processes most interesting to watch. Without showing such process, the film too often ends up being just abrupt, choppy, and undeveloped.
It also has too many lapses of logic. The creeping darkness doesn't play fair. It shifts its rules of engagement, overwhelming one person, while allowing another similarly situated person to survive, at least for a while. Well, that could be an additional aspect of the evil of the darkness. It toys randomly with its victims, like a cat may or may not toy with a mouse, sheerly on a whim.
Then I had one of my common technical complaints about this film. The DVD often projected as an indecipherable smudge on my TV screen. So it ran as murky rather than sinisterly dark. There is something about the final lighting/filtering process that many modern filmmakers use that causes their movies to be a chore to watch on home TV's.Read more ›
Where did the shadow people come from?
What did the shadow people want?
Why were the shadow people taking everyone?
Why did they take Paul just to throw him out under that light?
What the hell is Croatoa?
Where did the shadow people take the others? Are they dead? Moved to another dimension?
How were they able to control the times the sun rises and sets?
Just frustrating and disappointing!
The story follows four people wallowing through their idiocies in trying to survive some unknown catastrophe that leaves a city (played by Detroit - which was a better character than everyone here) devoid of people. Some bad CGI shadows follow them around trying to gobble them up sans their clothing. I would have to say some typecasting has to occur here when you have Hayden Christiansen walking around with a hood barely showing his face for several sequences, followed by someone holding a long green glow stick baring resemblance to a certain weapon Hayden might be carrying in some other franchise. But anyway, the supplements are all in lodef and I listed all of the bad ones first:
* Alternate endings, 3 or 4 at 8:20 minutes. Please take my advice and skip these. They are no different except for one alternate camera angle and a different sunset - nothing changes from the film.
* Revealing 7th Street (making of), 7:04 minutes. Talking heads & really bad insight by the cast on the film and story.
* Creating the Mood of 7th, 7:04 minutes. They essentially took the cuts from the first one and made this longer one, but with reasons for why they chose Detroit. Which I have to say I am not sure if all of the reasoning made Detroit seem worse ("gothic", "Dead" etc.), or they just didn't realize they were saying it.
* Behind the scenes montage, 2:11 minutes.Read more ›
Fairly good cast but the director's vision was unclear.
*Spoilers read at your own risk*
taken is named paul, later on in the movie he manages to fight his way back from the darkness due to a light working that didn't work before, yet we do not see paul coming back to the empty city, we just see him lying next to a blinking light and then getting up and running to the conveneintly lit bus stop with an apparent concussion(i'm uncertain if I missed something but still wondering how he got the concussion). Another factor that doesn't make sense is how the entity can drain electricity from any sort of chemical battery and yet when it comes to solar powered lights it can't seem to touch them and yet for a city that is supposedly going green and instituting more solar powered devices the power goes out and we cannot seem to find any other light devices or buildings.Read more ›
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The movie initially started off with great suspense which is a good thing. It kept you intrigued for the first 20 min. After that the story fell apart. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Edwin lewis
Despite every actor in the movie being miscast its a good little thriller.Published 3 months ago by Glimmer
It had its creepy moments, but it's basically lame. And the ending leaves you no closer to knowing what's going on.Published 3 months ago by Donna Vandersall
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