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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

[5.00/10] Vanishing on 7th Street (2011)


Vanishing on 7th Street (2011)

Brief review: "The Machinist" director, Brad Anderson, brings this post-apocalyptic horror-thriller about a bunch of strangers who find themselves alone, after a mysterious power plunges the city of Detroit into total darkness. Despite its great premise, "Vanishing" fails to deliver on many levels, as it suffers from slow pacing, lazy direction and a somewhat muddled plot, that never lives up to its potential. Furthermore, it contains very few chilling moments, and it's neither scary, nor suspenseful enough to call itself a horror movie. Though hauntingly atmospheric, "Vanishing on 7th Street" offers nothing spectacular in terms of visuals. It's a rather boring affair, lacking in imagination and budget, with very limited variety of settings and special effects. The acting is pretty mediocre. from everybody involved in this. Hayden Christensen may be physically attractive, but he hardly possesses any talent or acting skills. He's typically stiff in his role as Luke, as he fails to convey any genuine feeling or depth of emotion. Thandie Newton gives a decent performance as Rosemary, though she often has a tendency to overact. John Leguizamo is just okay, and Jacob Latimore delivers in his role as the daring and likable James.

Overall summary: Though potentially good and somewhat intriguing, "Vanishing on 7th Street" ends up as a huge disappointment, as it's completely ruined by an unimaginative script and lackluster execution.

12 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Bummer. I was hoping this one would be better than that.

Melissa Bradley said...

Hayden is one of the worst actors ever. I am still going to see this, but I will not pay money. Great evisceration, my friend. :)

Vapor said...

Being in Detroit ought to be punishment enough.

Candice Frederick said...

you're soo right. this was hugely disappointing.

Nebular said...

Alex, tell me about it. I was hoping it would at least an above average movie, as I like Brad Anderson and most of his movies. Sadly, it turned out quite mediocre. Meh!

Nebular said...

Mel, I couldn't agree more. He's more wooden than any tree in the world :) Do you remember his performance in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith? It was laughably awful! Watching him, I was like WTF??!!!

Nebular said...

Vapor, your comments often make me smile :) Great sense of humor, buddy!

Nebular said...

Candice, very disappointing indeed. I couldn't believe how dull it actually was.

Melissa Bradley said...

Thank you for saying that. Hayden utterly ruined Darth Vader. I thought, this is the origin of the most feared villain in the galaxy? Hell to the No, George Lucas what have you done?

Nebular said...

So it seems I'm not the only one who thought he was a TERRIBLE Darth Vader :) I dunno, Lucas has probably lost his mind.

Maynard Morrissey said...

just finished watching - pretty disappointing. what was Brad thinking?

Nebular said...

Maynard, I expected a lot more from this one as well. It was pretty mediocre.