Brad Anderson has brought us unique and understated thrillers like Session 9 and The Machinist. Fans of his work can now get a taste of what to expect from the inventive director’s latest project, Vanishing on 7th Street.
While the $10 million budget is modest by Hollywood standards, Vanishing on 7th Street represents Anderson’s most ambitious undertaking to date. His past work shows that he’s quite adept at doing a lot with very little, so I’m pretty excited to see what he was able to accomplish.
Vanishing on 7th Street premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival where it was picked up my Magnet Releasing – a subsidiary of indie distributor Magnolia Pictures. For those of you unfamiliar with the film, here’s the plot synopsis:
A mysterious, seemingly global blackout causes countless amounts of people to simply vanish into thin air, leaving only their clothes and possessions behind. As more and more people disappear, so does daylight, forcing a small handful of survivors to band together in an abandoned, dimly-lit bar on Detroit, Michigan’s 7th Street, struggling to combat the apocalyptic threat. Realizing they may in fact be the last people on Earth, the darkness begins to home in on them alone. As the situation worsens, they know one thing for sure, that only the diminishing light sources can keep them safe.
Vanishing on 7th Street has evidently received somewhat mixed reviews from those who have seen it, but you can decide for yourself how it looks. Here’s the new trailer:
While we’ve seen this particular scenario (a group of strangers forced to hole up in an isolated location) play out many times before, I remain optimistic that Anderson has managed to put an interesting spin on it. I’ll admit that the first half of the trailer looks more promising than the second half, but it’s difficult to gauge whether or not the film actually devolves into a more standard thriller formula or if the trailer’s just been cut to make it appear that way.
However, Session 9 and The Machinist were two films I felt really fell apart in their third acts. In both cases, I thought the big reveals sort of betrayed what were otherwise insanely clever stories. I still believe Anderson is the real deal, though. I loved his film Transsiberian and he’s also helmed incredible episodes of shows like Fringe, Boardwalk Empire, and The Wire.
Hayden Christensen can’t seem to escape the baggage of the Star Wars prequels and I know his presence here is going to invite ridicule, but I’m still hoping people give this film a chance – if for no other reason than I’d love to see more doors open for Anderson in this industry.
Vanishing on 7th Street will be available On Demand beginning January 7th, 2011 and will open in limited release on February 18th.
Source: Yahoo! Movies.