Review: Vanishing On 7th Street (2011)

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When checking out what film to watch this weekend I find myself choosing between Unknown and Vanishing on 7th Street. Unknown because of the three stars led by Liam Neeson and Vanishing On The 7th Street by Hayden Christensen. I ended up choosing Hayden’s film because of its very interesting premise about people vanishing into thin air because of a mysterious phenomena where light is your only way to fight the “shadows” but then it will also the reason these “shadows” will get you. People on the 7th street started to disappear leaving only the clothes they are wearing and their other belongings. There was no explanation at all why it’s happening but you need to keep a light handy or stay in a well-lit place (or wear it for that matter) to survive. Apparently, according to Luke’s (Hayden Christensen) flashback, this was a global blackout of some sort.

The film does have a couple of startling scenes and the actors were okay but the whole film just lacks narrative. I am at a loss as to what the story is really about. I do know however, that it’s some sort of related to that Roanoke story that the character of John Laguizamo (Paul) was reading before the mysterious event started. It is about the Roanoke Colony who simply vanished either because they abandoned the place or die of starvation because there are no supplies to keep them alive.

It is simply mind boggling and draggy at the same time. The characterizations are shallow and non-emphatic from start to finish. The ending is anti-climactic and predictable. I won’t recommend this film to anyone at this point. You don’t want to waste some valuable time and money my dear readers…

I’d give it a 3.5 /10 ratings.

Gateway Cineplex

Director: Brad Anderson
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo

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