Vanishing On 7th Street (2010)
Average Rating: 5.3/10
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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 7
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From director Brad Anderson (Session 9, Transsiberian, The Machinist) comes VANISHING ON 7TH STREET, a terrifying, apocalyptic thriller that taps into one of humankind's most primal anxieties: fear of the dark. An unexplained blackout plunges the city of Detroit into total darkness, and by the time the sun rises, only a few people remain-surrounded by heaps of empty clothing, abandoned cars and lengthening shadows. A small handful of strangers that have survived the night (Hayden Christensen,
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Brad Anderson's supernatural thriller is stacked to keep us guessing. Initially, this makes it watchably atmospheric. But the inconclusive hints lead to the sense that he's withholding too much.
Anderson spends most of his energy creating a mood - making "Vanishing" more cerebral than white-knuckle, though a few more shrieks (mine) might have been nice.
This is The Twilight Zone as written by Jean Paul Sartre. What audacity! What vision! And, alas, what a failure.
Anderson does a lot with very little - a wavering light, a patch of darkness - and Jaswinski's script tries to break up the stage-bound monotony with a few well-timed (if not particularly informative) flashbacks.
Brad Anderson's creepily effective low-budget thriller may not have a punch line worthy of your typical "Twilight Zone" episode, but it otherwise gets the job done in under an hour and a half with a good cast.
The film borrows from too many sources, and almost always comes up short, lacking depth, character or reason.
it's to Anderson's credit that despite a slight script, this film keeps you on your toes almost right to the end.
An interesting little sci-fi/horror hybrid that urges the viewer to fear the dark, skillfully executed with a healthy amount of scares and inviting confusion.
The thrill goes out of writer Anthony Jaswinski's Twilight Zone-style story long before the closing credits.
It doesn't really progress beyond what happens in the first forty minutes.
Probably it would have made a much better "Twilight Zone" episode at one-third of the length, but there's enough good, solid genre work here to make it worthwhile.
Vanishing on 7th Street feels like a classic in the making until we get to know the main characters.
Audience Reviews for Vanishing On 7th Street
- Rosemary: Why is this one working and the others don't?
- Luke: It's a Chevy.
- Paul: We're the last spin on the reel before it stops for good.
- Patient: [facing the fourth wall] You'll want your money back.
- James: I exist.
- Luke: I'm here because I will myself to exist.
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