AND SOON THE DARKNESS
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A couple of young hotties head out on a bike trip in Argentina. Of course, one of them ends up disappearing and the two get separated. Of course, no one speaks English and this last day of their otherwise perfect trip makes everything go wrong. Their only hope is to get help from the weird ex-patriot Karl Urban who's on his own quest to find someone.
Is it good movie?
I hate ripping on movies from the outset, but this is actually another remake that doesn't need to exist, shockingly enough. Just typing out the plot felt hackneyed and repetitive and believe me, the flick really is something you've seen before. One of the girls is responsible, while the other one is a bit of an idiot, bringing a lot of negative attention to herself. Of course, things get heated between the two of them and one storms off and when the other goes to find her, she's gone and left her phone behind.
Again, there isn't any new ground here. This isn't torture porn or anything, but this Darkness is more or less another 'stupid girls are too naive for their own good, make bad decisions and get caught up with the wrong evil foreigners' flick. If you've seen Turistas, know that it is filled with more tension and dread than this movie. More gore and more boobage, too. And believe me, Turistas SUCKS.
Anyway, this is a nice looking movie (shot in gorgeous Argentina), but the the pacing is boring and there just isn't much happening. Amber Heard and Odette Yustman look fantastic and are really trying their best to act their round, perfect asses off but it isn't enough. Of course, the fear of being abducted when in a strange and foreign land is terrifying, but the movie is not. It doesn't feel like a horror flick, but a weird sort of cautionary tale that is too tame for its own good.
There just isn't much mystery as to what's going to happen here and without any real suspense you're out of luck. You more or less know the villains right from the start and the rest is just dull. The creepy town can add some good atmosphere to the flick but unfortunately this one is just uneventful.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 2.40:1 widescreen and looks really, really nice. This is a gorgeous looking movie and the DVD is appropriately nice-looking.
Audio sports a Dolby 5.1 soundtrack and it too sounds really nice, better than average with a good, crisp mix.
First up is a commentary track with director Marcos Efron, editor Todd E. Miller, and cinematographer Gabriel Beristain. This is a dull track that lacks any real emotion and isn't much fun to listen to.
You also get an eleven minute Director Video Diary which provides insight as it's layered over behind the scenes footage. A good little feature with some interesting tidbits.
A couple of deleted scenes make up for 6 minutes or so of wasted time.
Finally, a trailer for this flick and the vastly superior films Let Me In and The Disappearance of Alice Creed.
This is a tame and disappointing movie that you feel like you've seen before. It's not gory, suspenseful or particularly interesting. It looks gorgeous and has some pretty faces in it, but that means it's likely best left to rental.