Towards Darkness

Overview

First-time director/screenwriter Antonio Negret details the frightening trend of kidnapping in Columbia with this tense tale of a young photographer who is abducted and held for ransom as his desperate parents scramble to raise the money that could save their child's life. Jose Gutierrez Roberto Urbina is a Columbian photographer in his early twenties who had come to America in order to pursue an education. Upon returning to his homeland, Jose is greeted by his good friends Jaime Andres Toro, Pedro Roberto Cano, ...
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Overview

First-time director/screenwriter Antonio Negret details the frightening trend of kidnapping in Columbia with this tense tale of a young photographer who is abducted and held for ransom as his desperate parents scramble to raise the money that could save their child's life. Jose Gutierrez Roberto Urbina is a Columbian photographer in his early twenties who had come to America in order to pursue an education. Upon returning to his homeland, Jose is greeted by his good friends Jaime Andres Toro, Pedro Roberto Cano, and Luiza America Ferrera. In the following days, Luiza attempts to show Jose just how much beauty Columbia truly has to offer. Despite the undeniable beauty of the land, however, Columbia holds a hidden danger that many fail to see until it's too late. Unfortunately for Jose, the night he realizes his love for Luiza and his homeland is the very same night that vicious kidnapping ringleader Manuel Carlos Valencia decides to strike. Now, realizing that their son's fate relies solely on the speed with which the ransom can be delivered, Jose's parents, Marta Alejandra Borrero and Carlos Tony Plana, hire an American "kidnap and ransom" company led by the experienced John William Atherton and his partners Victor Cameron Daddo and Charlie David Sutcliffe to negotiate with the quick-tempered Manuel. When Marta and Carlos' insurance company denies the claim and John attempts to reason with the increasingly erratic kidnapper, Victor begins to fear that time is running out and rounds up a team of special-ops soldiers to search for Jose by helicopter. With only 90 minutes to go before the deadline is up and Jose is killed, the race is on to either deliver the ransom or confront the kidnappers with force and firepower.
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Special Features

The original short film that inspired the film - "Darkness Minus Twelve" - directed by Antonio Negret and starring America Ferrera; The making of "Towards Darkness"; Color Grading featurette; 16x9 anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1); 5.1 English/Spanish surround; English subtitles; Spanish subtitles
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2008
  • UPC: 625828224508
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Peace Arch Trinity
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 87,299

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roberto Urbina José Gutierrez
David Sutcliffe Charlie Bain
Tony Plana Carlos Guitierez
William Atherton John King
America Ferrera Luiza Montero
Cameron Daddo Victor Ramis
Alejandra Borrero Marta Guitierez
Fernando Solorzano Umberto Pompeo
Carlos Valencia Manuel
Roberto Cano Pedro
Technical Credits
Antonio Negret Director, Co-producer, Screenwriter
Craig Anderson Producer
Luis Carballar Editor
Paulo Carballar Editor
Joe Dzuban Sound/Sound Designer
John Ealer Cinematographer
Andrew Edelman Sound/Sound Designer
Brett Etre Co-producer, Executive Producer
America Ferrera Executive Producer
Justin Goodman Executive Producer
Randy Holleschau Executive Producer
Anel Moreno Co-producer
Daniel Negret Executive Producer
Luiza Ricupero Producer
Jenny Sandell Co-producer
Evan Schiff Editor
Jason Sweers Production Designer
Christopher Westlake Score Composer
Alex Yanev Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Towards Darkness
1. Chapter 1 [5:57]
2. Chapter 2 [6:03]
3. Chapter 3 [6:42]
4. Chapter 4 [6:26]
5. Chapter 5 [5:54]
6. Chapter 6 [5:53]
7. Chapter 7 [6:37]
8. Chapter 8 [8:00]
9. Chapter 9 [7:12]
10. Chapter 10 [5:12]
11. Chapter 11 [4:05]
12. Chapter 12 [4:53]
13. Chapter 13 [6:15]
14. Chapter 14 [4:34]
15. Chapter 15 [3:54]
16. Chapter 16 [3:51]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Towards Darkness
   Play Movie
      English Version
      Spanish Version
   Scene Selection
   Bonus Features
      "Darkness Minus Twelve" - The Original Film That Inspired Towards Darkness (Starring America Ferrera and Directed by Antonio Negret)
      The Making of Towards Darkness
      Color Grading Featurette
      Filmmaker Commentary Featuring Writer/Director Antonio Negret
      Theatrical Trailer
   Set-Up
      Audio
         5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
         Dolby Stereo 2.0
      Subtitles
         English Version
         Spanish Version
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