Movie and Film Reviews (MFR) Horror Treea reviews: Vanishing on 7th Street (2010)

Treea reviews: Vanishing on 7th Street (2010)

Vanishing on 7th Street is a horror/suspense movie that manages to steer clear of either of those titles. The movie is exactly as its title says; people have vanished on the 7th street in the city of Detroit that has been engulfed by shadowy figures.

This movie opens up with Paul played by John Leguizamo (Ice Age) as he works in a movie theater working the movie projections. Suddenly the power goes out, everything is pitched black, and the power goes back on. Paul looks out into the theater to find everyone there has disappeared, and what is left of them are their clothes and jewelry. Mysteriously only a few people are left behind throughout Detroit, but the problem for them is that they are not the only ones left behind. The city is plagued with mysterious dark shadows that vanishes people into thin air. The darkness is their worst enemy and they have to constantly stay within the light or be forced to vanish like everyone else in Detroit.  But the main problem with this movie is that the mystery and suspense this movie is supposed to have gets lost among (I hate to say this) the bad writing and even worse direction and acting.

After Paul is introduced, we become quickly introduced to Luke played by Hayden Christensen (Star Wars Episode 2 & 3), Rosemary played by Thandie Newton (Crash, For Colored Girls) and a new young actor Jacob Latimore Jr. who portrays James. This is not a bad cast, and outside of this movie I think they are all pretty good actors, but this movie does not seem to have any sense of direction and the pacing is either too fast or too slow.

Throughout Vanishing on 7th Street Rosemary is in search of her baby who is only a few months old, James is in search of his mother, Luke just wants to find a way out of Detroit and Paul just mumbles and grumbles nonsense mostly to himself after he sustains an injury.

I feel like Brad Anderson, the director, directed the actors into overreactions, especially Newton’s character. Rosemary cries and makes irrational actions throughout the movie, which leads me to wonder why the other characters put up with her; she should have been thrown to the darkness after their first encounter with her.  And what was more irritating than Rosemary’s crying and Paul’s mutterings was Luke and his bad guy/good guy act. The only character I found likeable was James, and of course that changed with the last 10 minutes of the film.

Overall this is a movie with at least one good jump scare but remains unbelievably dull with characters that make way too many illogical and just plain stupid decisions. Vanishing on 7th Street ends with an unresolved ending that makes me crave not for a definite resolution, but for my 1hr and 30 minutes back.

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