Hacia la oscuridad (Towards Darkness) (2008)
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First-time director/screenwriter Antonio Negret details the frightening trend of kidnapping in Columbia with this tense tale of a young photographer who is abducted and held for ransom as his desperate parents scramble to raise the money that could save their child's life. Jose Gutierrez (Roberto Urbina) is a Columbian photographer in his early twenties who had come to America in order to pursue an education. Upon returning to his homeland, Jose is greeted by his good friends Jaime (Andres
Apr 28, 2007 Wide
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suffers from an overly cluttered narrative and too-hyperkinetic style.
[Director] Negret is clearly less interested in imagining a fictional romance than in conveying his vision of a land that has lost its way.
Colombian-born writer-director Antonio Negret's kidnapping thriller tackles the same subject matter as Hollywood's big-budget, star driven Proof of Life. But it's a grittier and more viscerally affecting film.
That someone is kidnapped in Colombia every three hours is a startling statistic that offers many cinematic possibilities. But Towards Darkness fails to use any of them to advantage.
A convoluted bilingual thriller about a kidnapping in Colombia, Towards Darkness may be too clever for its own good.
...loses serious points for an ending that's both baffling and infuriating.
Antonio Negret employs too many characters, backstories and plot tangents to address a subject that's unwieldy enough already
The film is meant to be a heart-stopper but does not succeed as the director had hoped.
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