Friday, March 9, 2012

And Soon The Darkness (2010)

And Soon The Darkness

Written by Jennifer Derwingson & Marcus Efron
Directed by Marcus Efron

Stephanie...Amber Heard
Ellie...Odette Annabelle
Michael...Karl Urban

Painfully attractive American girls Stephanie and Ellie are on a bike trip across Argentina. After a night of drinking and prowling for strange, the two get in an argument and separate. While apart, Ellie is abducted by an unknown assailant.

The police (as usual in these sorts of films) are totally ineffectual, and so Stephanie heads out on her own in search of her friend--aided occasionally by Michael, another American who has also had someone go missing from the area.

Ellie is depicted as the fun-loving party girl, rather slutty to be honest, although her tactics are questionable at best. Urinating in front of a man as a method of seduction? Interesting, though not particularly effective.

Although this is a remake of an older film, the rampant sexuality and the feeling of being lost and alone in a foreign land occasionally gives it an air of Hostel.

Even if I hadn't yet seen the original when watching this, I would still feel that I had seen this all before. It wasn't a bad movie, just kind of rote and predictable at this point, an attempt to cash in on recent trends.

Despite the mundanity of the proceedings, the first 35 minutes or so of the movie is filled to the brim with delightful eye candy that I simply couldn't help but love.

Worth a rent, perhaps, but there's absolutely nothing special about it.

Rated R
91 Minutes
United States/Argentina/France

"There's a fine line between irony and just plain bad."

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