And Soon the Darkness

2010

And Soon the Darkness

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Stephanie (Amber Heard) and Ellie's (Odette Yustman) vacation to an exotic village in Argentina is a perfect 'girl's getaway' to bask in the sun, shop and flirt with the handsome locals. After a long night of bar-hopping, the girls get into an argument, and Stephanie heads out alone in the morning to cool off. But when she returns, Ellie has disappeared. Finding signs of a struggle, Stephanie fears the worst, and turns to the police for help. But the local authorities have their hands full already - with a string of unsolved kidnappings targeting young female tourists. Skeptical of the sheriff's competency, she enlists help from Michael (Karl Urban), an American ex-pat staying at their hotel. Together they go on a frantic search for Ellie, but Stephanie soon realizes that trusting his seemingly good intentions may drag her farther from the truth. With danger mounting, and time running out, Stephanie must find her friend before darkness falls.-- (C) Anchor Bay

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  • Jun 17, 2016
    Title accurately describes what happens to the viewer's consciousness within 20 minutes of watching this snorefest.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2012
    Just occasionally, this rehash of a forgotten 70's horror/thriller has an interesting turn, a twist that makes sense, an unexpected moment where a character does or says something that feels real. Amber Heard (who starred in the underrated slasher deconstruction "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane") is an actor of considerable talent and her performance is good, there's a superb music score, and some pretty photography. Unfortunately, the film is just as often derivative, predictable, and dull, and there isn't enough in the story or the characters situations to make this gripping or involving.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2012
    * out of **** Most who see 2010's "And Soon the Darkness" will not know that it's a close remake of a 70's film of the same name. This is only appropriate, given that the original film had vanished into obscurity almost instantly after it was allowed a release, and deservedly so. I saw the 1970 "And Soon the Darkness" not too long ago - and not because I heard of the remake first - yet I can't quite remember a whole lot of it aside from the main points. Oh, well; that was all I needed to make some connections between the "original" and the remake. They have quite a bit in common; same basic plot and set-up, same genre, same intent, same twist, same quality. The only differences are the change of location (the original was set in France; this one takes place entirely in Argentina) and a little bit of nationality swapping amongst the film's central characters (they were originally British; here they are 100 percent American). If there's one thing I hate more than a movie in which nothing happens; it's a movie that thinks it has something going for it, yet it really doesn't. Such was the case with the 1970 original; same goes for this unnecessary remake. The film is about a duet of hot American backpackers (Odette Yustman and Amber Heard) that does indeed stop by Argentina for a night. They embrace the freedom by visiting a local bar and enjoying a night of heavy drinking and for one of them at least, romance as well; meeting up once again in the morning to catch the 8 AM bus back home. The alcohol comes with quite the kick; and causes the girls to sleep in just a tad too late. They miss their bus and are forced to stay in Argentina for at least a few more days. They decide to make the best of it with a little sun-bathing; which goes horribly wrong when they split up after a heated verbal exchange of unfriendly proportions, with one returning to the spot after apologizing, only to find the other has disappeared. We know what has happened. We see the girl being dragged away by some long-haired man; presumably of considerable strength. But of course, the other girl does not know this; and that is why she is ignorant enough to ask the local police for assistance, only to get nothing in return. Instead, she is accompanied on her journey to find her friend by an odd but friendly man named Michael (Karl Urban), whose girlfriend went missing in these areas some time ago. As you can see, "And Soon the Darkness" plays out like a thriller and therefore must be labeled as one; although upon having seen it, I can assure you that there isn't a single thrilling or particularly suspenseful moment in it. Given that I was able to remember whatever I could from when I saw the original film, the outcomes were predictable; and it sure doesn't help that the film is just so absolutely and utterly incompetent anyways. You don't have to see the original for all the entertainment value of the remake to be drained directly from it; you just need to know what makes a good thriller and what doesn't. If you're willing to sit through 90 minutes of stupid women and clueless men chattering away like it's their business to do so; then "And Soon the Darkness" may be your cup of tea. Also, if you enjoy cheap endings and lame excuses for thrills, it might appeal to you just the same. But I know what I like; and I don't like watching a movie where there are dozens of moments that occur every half-hour in which something intended to be ominous and atmospheric shows up, only to rear its ugly head and give us a damn good look at its unimpressive self. I also don't like bad acting, uninspired direction, pitifully predictable plots, and absurdity that goes almost completely uncalled for. Some films are ridiculous, and they know it; this one acts as if it's completely unaware, or perhaps it isn't acting at all. Maybe it really, truly, honestly, from the bottom of its heart does not have a clue. Wouldn't be much of a surprise to me.
    Ryan M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2011
    An ok remake of a film from 1970 with the same name. This one is set in Argentina, which seems to be the only real change. The fact I not heard of it and it was made last year and stars the lovely Amber Heard was a worry. Sure enough this is largely a fairly slow, dull, drama/thriller about the perils of being off the beaten track if you're not careful. The last 3rd of the film was ok as we finally get some action, but it has a made for TV feel to it. There have been many better horror films on a similar theme with Turistas and Hostel, Train. For a thriller I would go with either Hush or Shuttle. Even Amber Heard fans might find this too slow.
    Dean K Super Reviewer

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