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And Soon The Darkness
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Jan 14, 2011 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Marcos Efron

Actors:
Amber Heard
Odette Yustman
Karl Urban

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two gorgeous American girls (Amber Heard & Odette Yustman) backing through Argentina, get stranded in a remote village. After getting separated, one of the girls (Yustman) goes missing, and the other (Heard) teams up with a mysterious American tourist (Karl Urban) in order to find her friend.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
AND SOON THE DARKNESS is your typical, direct-to-DVD thriller, offering nothing you havenít really seen before. Based on an obscure English horror flick from the seventies, the only really noteworthy thing about it is the cast. Heard, Yustman, and Urban are all rising stars, and their presence here makes me think that the people behind the film intended it to be a little more than it is- which is just another routine potboiler.

Running a scant ninety minutes, AND SOON THE DARKNESS nevertheless drags quite a bit, and it feels rather tedious at times. Too bad, as the simple plot, involving one friend trying to find the other before darkness falls, could have made for a sharp, thrilling film- but this is by the numbers all the way.

Everything about it is predictable, including the clichťd characters, with one of the girls (Yustman) being the wild, party girl, while the other (Heard) is the quiet, responsible one. Both are spectacular to look at, driven home by the inclusion of an early, gratuitous (but appreciated) sunbathing scene. Both can also be very effective actresses, but the characters are so one note that they donít get a heck of a lot to do. Of the two, Heard is the star, and towards the end she gets to show a bit of the spunk thatís made her the finest scream queen since Jamie Lee Curtis, but itís too little too late, and she deserves a better vehicle for her talents.

As for Karl Urban, from the second he shows up, you know thereís something not quite right about him (mainly due to his constant scowl). Luckily, thereís a small twist that makes him a come off a bit more human than I assumed he would given the build up- but it still seems like a really one-note role for a guy whoís steadily been establishing himself through roles in STAR TREK and the upcoming DREDD.
THE EXTRAS
There's an audio commentary , a video diary, trailers, and deleted scenes .
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
AND SOON THE DARKNESS certainly isnít the worst horror-thriller Iíve even seen, and the film looks great, having been shot on location in Argentina. Still, the plot is just too predictable and ho-hum to make this anything other than a semi-passable midnight watch on cable.
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12:44PM on 01/14/2011
I was really disappointed by this. It was the most formulaic, generic, half-hearted attempt at the "vacation-gone-bad" genre that I've seen. Literally nothing even slightly unexpected happens the entire movie. Other than how hot Yustman and Heard are, there's no reason at all to bother watching it.
I was really disappointed by this. It was the most formulaic, generic, half-hearted attempt at the "vacation-gone-bad" genre that I've seen. Literally nothing even slightly unexpected happens the entire movie. Other than how hot Yustman and Heard are, there's no reason at all to bother watching it.
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