And Soon the Darkness

2010

Action / Crime / Horror / Mystery / Thriller

96
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 17%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 16%
IMDb Rating 5.2 10 15040

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Amber Heard as Stephanie
Karl Urban as Michael
Odette Annable as Ellie
Gia Mantegna as Camila
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Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 4 / 10

Another in an endless line of pointless Hollywood remakes

AND SOON THE DARKNESS was originally a highly effective, not to mention realistic, British thriller of the 1970s about a couple of hitchhikers running afoul of a psycho. This slick Hollywoodised remake shifts the action to Argentina and on a bigger scale, as a couple of tourists find themselves running afoul of a sinister mini-conspiracy. It's not really a surprise to find out that this is by far the lesser picture, an insipid outing that doesn't even come close to matching the original's suspenseful nature.

Instead what we get here is slick and glossily photographed, a film more interesting in shooting Amber Heard in her bikini than building any kind of suspense or tension. There's a slow build-up and then a pay-off that pays homage to HOSTAGE in its depiction of tourists abroad running afoul of nasty locals, although the Melissa George-starrer PARADISE LOST is a more obvious lookalike here. We're in torture porn territory again, albeit in a sanitised form, and the action, when it comes, is strictly routine and plays out without the slightest bit of tension. The biggest regret lies in the casting of the great Karl Urban, who has absolutely nothing to do in his minor role.

Reviewed by MattyGibbs 7 / 10

Fairly enjoyable despite it's flaws

A woman goes missing on a bike trip around Argentina and her friend desperately searches to find her.

This is a fairly familiar tale as two naive girls find out the hard way that if you're traveling around a strange country you need your wits about you.

The Argentinian setting at least makes a pleasant change from normal USA thrillers and there is some nice cinematography. Amber Heard does a good job as the woman looking for her friend evoking the sense of desperation you'd feel looking for someone in a foreign country. Karl Urban as the man helping her is likable if a little wooden.

Based on the relatively low IMDb rating ( currently 5.2) I wasn't expecting too much. In truth although nothing outstanding this is fairly engrossing and at times tense thriller. It does at least try and spring a few surprises that you don't see coming.

The ending is fairly predictable but this is still a fairly enjoyable ride.

Reviewed by RavenGlamDVDCollector 7 / 10

at first I thought it was an absolute winner, then I realized it's all Amber

Amber Heard gets full marks for this one. She is 100% great in it. So much so that I at first, during the first half, proclaimed this movie to be an absolute winner. But it is those two beautiful girls, she and Odette Yustman, that carry the movie during its first half. When the **** strikes the fan, and the movie turns dark, many cracks start to show, there is no charm left, and I get critical of the surprisingly overrated male actors. Karl Urban started off well as Michael, but what the hell happened? He played the character totally wrong in the second half, came across as dumber than dumb. That Calvo guy, also not quite as good a performance as the filmmakers seem to think. Good enough, but not as great as they make it out to be on the commentary. The strong point of the movie, besides the beauty of the two female leads, is their charm, they are highly watchable, cute together. They're both very good actresses, and at the rate the movie sets off, I'd have been far more generous with my star rating. But things become kinda too easy for our heroine, she locates the missing girl too easily, and has the innate unerring ability to surely kick a guy dead-center where it hurts the most, not just once, but regularly. In short, there is a lack of the kind of suspense that was needed to make this movie riveting in the second half. The ending comes too abrupt, when the violence is over, the movie comes to an end. Yes, I did like that last scene (oddly reminiscent of the climactic scene of ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE) but there should still have been something more.

A good try. Excellent choices in lead girls, and the Argentinian landscape is magnificent. But I'm still bummed by the much-weaker second half, which really threw such a promising start away!

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