And Soon the Darkness (2010)
US (dir. Marcos Efron)
Cast: Odette Yustman, Amber Heard, Gia Mantegna, Cesar Vianco, Michel Noher, Luis Sabatini, Daniel Figuereido, Jorge Booth, Javier Luna, Andrea Verdun, Nicolas Dolensky, Walter Peña, Esteban Pastrana, Matias Paz Conde, Maria Salome Cari, Hugo Miranda, Magdalena Peralta Antivero, Karl Urban, Adriana Barraza
Synopsis: Stephanie and Ellie’s 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 , 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.
Review: “And Soon the Darkness” is terribly predictable, despite what I’m sure were the best intentions of everyone involved in making the film. Though it starts off as a cliche-ridden “vacation horror” type of film that you might write off as being the next “Touristas”, “Hostel: Part 2”, or “Wolf Creek” it quickly turns into something more along the lines of “Shuttle”. Unfortunately though, with very little new brought to the table and with nothing really unexpected or unpredictable occurring, this just feels a lot like the same old, same old to me. Given that it’s a remake of a largely forgotten 1970s thriller of the same name, it’s at least not a deplorable effort – one that can be forgiven for its short-comings in lieu of what is at the very least, a fairly decent story.