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Friday, June 24, 2011

Movie Review # 116 Vanishing on 7th Street (2010)

Director: Brad Anderson
Writer: Anthony Jaswinski
Cast: Hayden Christensen, John Leguizamo, Thandie Newton

Rotten Tomatoes: 51% Critics 21% Audience
IMDb: 4.9/10
Netflix: 2.9 Stars

Vanishing on 7th Street is a post-apocalyptic film about the world disappearing into the shadows. As tantalizing as this sounds it is a lethargically slow movie. Filled with so many goofs that it is borderline hilarious  as it tries to be scary. Instead what we are left with is a movie that makes you ask "Why?" a thousand times over as it explains nothing what so ever.

So here are the fallacies of this movie. Number one the generator is not ventilated and yet the entire cast seems to not being asphyxiated being near it. Nor do they seem to mind the noise that it puts out which is not a normal amount for a generator as it sounds like a gentle purring car. Instead of the big hunking beast that it is. Second the movies play on light is wonderful if it brought horror and suspense into the movie. Which it doesn't at all.

Each scene that where you think they will go poof. You are left going well this is boring and then you yawn. As you can see where it is going ultimately which leads to more questions of "Why?" as each cast member is taken in ways that you just see coming. Rosemary is missing her kid and wants him back. So when she hears a baby crying she runs to it and goes poof. Paul had a concussion and falls to sleep and goes poof.

Luke thinks about only himself and when he acts out as a hero he goes poof. The only ones not to go poof are the two kids. Both of which have little to do with the story. James has the most as he is introduced and has several speaking parts. As his mother was the bartender at the bar that they all come to. While the little girl is like an enigma as she stays at the church and has the only working light in the world it seems.

Which is solar powered so as long as their is sun it works. Which leads to another problem. How did this come to be? What happens on a cloudy day? What happens when it rains? Yea real nice closure as any one with half a brain will see that the kids will die on one of those at mentioned days. Sadly I do not think Anthony Jaswinski thought about that when he wrote this movie.

Outside of all of those complaints this is a palatable movie that is enjoyable. As it is enjoyable and entertaining despite all of its faults. Which is all you can ask for in a movie.

My Rating: 2.25 out of 5 Stars

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