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February 14, 2011

VANISHING ON 7TH STREET

Colesmitey.comDirector Brad Anderson's awkward apocalyptic thriller traps its handful of doomsday survivors in an environment of increasing darkness. But rather than a literal gloom, this is a creeping blackness backed with an unseen consciousness.

The B-movie trope soon wears out its welcome. Hayden Christensen plays Luke, a television news anchor who stumbles into a lit Detroit dive bar guarded by James, the 13-year-old son of the bar's missing bartender. Also drawn into the bar's gasoline-powered safety zone are Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo.

Movie Reviews - 'Vanishing On 7th Street' - Stylish Minimalism, In The Dark  : NPR

Creeping shadows gradually claim lives to give the audience a fitful sense of "Omega Man"-styled desolation. "Vanishing on 7th Street" is more of a mood piece than the social satire that screenwriter Anthony Jaswinski apparently aspired to create. Even a mediocre episode of Rod Serling's seminal television show "The Twilight Zone" would outshine this bland effort.

Vanishing on 7th Street Picture 1

Rated R. 91 mins.

2 Stars

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