And Soon the Darkness

And Soon the Darkness

Director: Marcos Efron, Robert Fuest, Odette Yustman, Amber Heard

Cast: Marcos Efron, Robert Fuest, Odette Yustman, Amber Heard

     
 

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A carefree vacation to exotic Argentina turns into a sun-soaked nightmare for two young women who find themselves at the mercy of a cunning psychopath in this remake of director Robert Fuest's 1970 thriller. Stephanie (Amber Heard) and Ellie (Odette Yustman) are biking through

Overview

A carefree vacation to exotic Argentina turns into a sun-soaked nightmare for two young women who find themselves at the mercy of a cunning psychopath in this remake of director Robert Fuest's 1970 thriller. Stephanie (Amber Heard) and Ellie (Odette Yustman) are biking through the Argentinean countryside when they stop to spend the last night of their vacation in a secluded village. When darkness falls, the girls wander over to the nearest bar, where a handsome local charms Ellie while Stephanie heads back to the hotel to good night's sleep. But her rest is interrupted when Stephanie returns to the hotel with her new friend in tow, and a booze-fueled altercation ultimately leads the girls to miss their bus. The following day, Ellie leaves Stephanie alone in the countryside following a heated argument, and grows concerned when her traveling companion fails to meet her at a nearby restaurant shortly thereafter. In the wake of a chance meeting with American expatriate Michael (Karl Urban), whom she had previously seen getting into a minor altercation at the bar, Stephanie reports Ellie's disappearance to local policeman Calvo (César Vianco), who immediately dismisses her suspicions of foul play. Thankfully Michael displays a bit more concern than the local sheriff, and agrees to assist Stephanie in searching for Ellie. But now the more Stephanie confides in Michael, the more she begins to fear that he may have had something to do with Ellie's disappearance, and that by sticking with him she may be walking straight into his trap.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
And Soon the Darkness feels like one of those modest, satisfying little thrillers that flies under most people's radar upon initial release, only to find a healthy second life on home video and cable television. Somewhat slow to start but fairly riveting once the plot sets into motion, the film steadily gets better as it goes along, effectively ratcheting up tension by placing the viewer in the position of a frightened girl lost in a foreign country, and continually dropping her into situations where it's never quite clear whom she should really trust. Stephanie (Amber Heard) and Ellie (Odette Yustman) are biking through the Argentinean countryside when they stop to spend the last night of their vacation in a secluded village. When darkness falls, the girls wander over to the nearest bar, where a handsome local charms Ellie while Stephanie heads back to the hotel to get a good night's sleep. Her rest is interrupted, though, when Ellie returns to the hotel with her new friend in tow, and a booze-fueled altercation ultimately leads the girls to miss their bus. The following day, Stephanie leaves Ellie alone in the countryside following a heated argument, and grows concerned when her traveling companion fails to meet her at a nearby restaurant shortly thereafter. In the wake of a chance meeting with American expatriate Michael (Karl Urban), whom she had previously seen getting into a minor altercation at the bar, Stephanie reports Ellie's disappearance to local policeman Calvo (César Vianco), who immediately dismisses her suspicions of foul play. Thankfully Michael displays a bit more concern than the local sheriff, and agrees to assist Stephanie in searching for Ellie. But now the more Stephanie confides in Michael, the more she begins to fear that he may have had something to do with Ellie's disappearance, and that by sticking with him she could be walking straight into his trap. A smart candidate for a remake due to the fact that few contemporary moviegoers have likely seen or even heard of the 1970 original, And Soon the Darkness is the debut feature from director Marcos Efron, who worked with screenwriter Jennifer Derwingson to adapt Brian Clemens and Terry Nation's original screenplay. Though the subpar performances Efron coaxes from his three capable leads suggest that the emerging director has yet to master the art of working with actors, and the handsome cinematography hints that he's leaning a little too heavily on director of photography Gabriel Beristain (The Spanish Prisoner, Blade II) to maintain an air of seductive menace, And Soon the Darkness still succeeds in holding our attention thanks to its strong central concept and twisting storyline. The more momentum the story builds, the more pronounced the strengths of the screenplay become as they gradually begin to outweigh the film's weaknesses. Eventually we become so completely absorbed in the mystery that we can't look away. While that may sound like faint praise, it's pretty comforting to the insomniac channel surfer with a tired thumb.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/28/2010
UPC:
0013132229997
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
44,320

Special Features

Deleted Scenes; Commentary featuring Director Marcos Efron, Editor Todd Miller and Director Of Photography Gabriel Beristain; ; Director'ss Video Diary featuring behind the scenes footage from the set of And Soon The Darkness

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Odette Yustman Ellie
Amber Heard Stephanie
Karl Urban Michael
Adriana Barraza Rosamaria
Gia Mantegna Camila
César Vianco Calvo
Michel Noher Chucho
Luis Sabatini Luca
Daniel Figuereido Pedro
Jorge Booth Hernan
Javier Luna Bar Owner
Andrea Verdun Waitress
Nicolas Dolensky Cute Guy
Walter Peña Mechanic
Esteban Pastrana Barman
Matias Paz Conde Skinny Guy
Maria Salome Cari Cleaning Woman
Hugo Miranda Man in Bar
Magdalena Peralta Antivero Model

Technical Credits
Marcos Efron Director,Screenwriter
Robert Fuest Director
Marcela Bazzano Production Designer
Gabriel Beristain Cinematographer
Micaela Buye Production Manager
Chris Clark Producer
Brian Clemens Screenwriter
Joanna Colbert Casting
Jennifer Derwingson Screenwriter
Flora Fernandez-Marengo Executive Producer
Elizabeth Zox Friedman Producer
Ron Halpern Executive Producer
Amber Heard Co-producer
Karen J. Lauder Producer
Deborah Marinoff Marcus Producer
Richard Mento Casting
Todd Miller Editor
Terry Nation Screenwriter
Carolina Oclander Makeup
Marcus Ticotin Executive Producer
Tomandandy Score Composer
Marisa Urruti Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- And Soon The Darkness
1. Main Titles [4:08]
2. Hotel Rosamaria [6:02]
3. Drinking & Dancing [11:46]
4. Trip To The Waterfalls [5:47]
5. Argument Between Friends [7:02]
6. Gone Missing [12:18]
7. Possible Witness [7:25]
8. Villa Del Lago [5:46]
9. Held Captive [:46]
10. Chance For Escape [7:14]
11. "Your Greed Is Going To Get You Killed One Day" [9:30]
12. End Credits [9:34]

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