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.