And Soon The Darkness

Featured In Issue 153, January 2011

WSR Score2.5
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Anchor Bay Entertainment
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Some violence and brief torture
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Marcos Efron
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In "And Soon The Darkness" Stephanie (Heard) and Ellie's (Yustman) 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 (Urban), 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. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Marcos Efron, Editor Todd E. Miller, and Director of Photography Gabriel Beristain, a Director's Video Diary (SD 11:12), deleted scenes (SD 06:42), the trailer, and up-front previews.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits a cinematic edgy, but natural appearance. Contrast is not always well balanced and at times, shadow delineation suffers. The color palette is warm and fleshtones are slightly pale and inconsistent. The picture appears low budget, with poor production values and generally soft photography. The rural countryside is natural enough, but the overall impact is not distinguished. Overall, this is an unremarkable picture experience. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby® TrueHD 5.1-channel soundtrack is conventional, with production sound dialogue that is generally pretty well integrated spatially. Dialogue is intelligible throughout. Atmospheric sound effects are effectively layered, to created a wide frontal soundstage and aggressive directionalized surround presence. Besides the atmospheric effects, the music score is aggressively enveloping. LFE energy also enhances the sense of fear and tension. This is a satisfying soundtrack that effectively enhances the drama. (Gary Reber)