‘Vanishing on 7th Street’ Trailer – Darkness Closes In on Detroit

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:45 am,

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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.

Yahoo! Movies unveiled a new trailer for the film, which stars Hayden Christensen (Takers, Jumper), Thandie Newton (Crash,ย 2012), and John Leguizamo (Miracle at St. Anna, The Happening).

While the $10 million budget is modest by Hollywood standards,ย 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.ย 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.

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  1. At the start of the commercial I feared that this was going to be some sort of biblical Armageddon style film. By the end of the trailer I think Anderson has a different game he’s playing. However I find it interesting,given the talent involved, that none of the people I know who do TIFF coverage mentioned anything about this film.

  2. 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.

    The third part of The Machinist is what made it clever IMO. I mean without the reveal you can not put anything together making sense as to what is happening.

    Could you elaborate on why you felt it was such a betrayal and or which particular part?

    I never saw Session 9. Wait as I read about it on Netflix I did see it… I may have to go back to it as I may have not watched it all.

    • I’m going to try and do this without spoiling anything for people who haven’t seen the film. I can’t even mention the other similar films I saw around the same time because it will immediately give away the ending. But basically, that same twist was utilized to great effect several years before The Machinist came out and was then copied relentlessly.

      Granted, The Machinist is a better film than a lot of the other imitators. I was just so drawn in by the premise that I felt slightly cheated when it turned out to be such a cliched reveal. Everything leading up to that moment felt like it was from a better film.

      Yeah, it makes sense and wraps everything up – I just wanted an ending that was as unique as the rest of the movie and didn’t immediately make you think of a half dozen similar movies.

      Session 9 was the same way for me. I mean, both films earn their twist. It’s not like High Tension where the reveal has dubious logic and doesn’t really make sense. But in both cases I just felt a bit let down.

      • You know what, though? I haven’t seen The Machinist since it was released and just remembered it’s a streaming title on Netflix. I’m going to give it another look when I get the chance and see if it’s a different experience now than it was in 2004.

        • Understood. However when you add actors, filming, score, etc it adds to the film overall regardless of the cliche.

          The thing is (and please dont take this as me challenging you) what else could they have come up with? I mean you could have changed the circumstances however cliched endings as they are there is not much more you could go on. Meaning what else would be the reasoning as to why he was like he was?

          There are not that many uncliched (?) movies out there. So while the ending is semi cliched it is the whole ride that completes it. I mean is there any doubt the good guys win, the girl gets the guy, they were already dead etc..

          You watch that and I will watch Session 9 as I Qd it today. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Is feels similar to the movie “They” by Wes Craven.

        • I was actually thinking GHOST.

  3. Looking forward to this, I’m a fan of Hayden Christiansen.

    Yes, he has fans.

    • You know what’s unfortunate? There’s some behind the scenes thing on the Episode II DVD where they show his audition and it’s actually REALLY good. Completely different from anything he did in the film.

      • Haven’t like Hayden in anything he’s done since and including Star Wars – and it’s not BECAUSE of Star Wars.


        • Vic, you’re just an old fuddy-duddy. IF you have a girlfriend and …IF you take her to see a HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN movie you might just keep her. Hayden is a sexy, hunky, talented guy who is not only stable but good to the bone. It’s what girls like…hint, hint. Give him a break, go see Shattered Glass or Jumper or Life As A House and allow yourself to truly see his talent. He is a wonderful actor. It’s sounds like you don’t like to see anyone in the midst of growing, only when they’re grown. Take a look at Hayden’s audition for Star Wars – it IS totally different from how Lucas directed him!

          • Ruth,

            Please, what are you, 15? He was the WORST thing in Jumper, ruined the movie for me. I know he was great in his younger days, but in the last few movies I’ve seen him in he’s wooden.

            Plenty of great young actors out there including Daniel Radcliffe, Shia LeBouf (yes, I said Shia, I think he has chops), Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Aaron Johnson, Jesse Eisenberg, Chris Pine, etc., etc., etc.

            Now please go back to your latest issue of “Teen Idol.”



            • Uggg, totally beneath you Vic. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

              • Well it’s been a long day, and then I come home to have to go through 300 comments, sift through the couple dozen emails that I received while I was at a screening, find a news item that has to be updated due to new (and conflicting) information – and then come upon some obvious kidlet fangirl all gaga over an actor because he’s handsome telling me my wife might bail on me if she watches a Hayden Christensen movie and that I have a “thing” against young actors.

                So if it’s beneath me, so be it. I can’t be erudite and charming 24/7 (just ask my wife). Sometimes I feel like I have to swat down ignorant comments.


                  • Netshark,

                    Yesterday was a bad evening – my wife and someone on twitter will attest to that as well. Even though I was annoyed, you’re right, I should have held back a bit more.


                    • Yes, you truly should have. I’m not a kidlit girl, nor did I say your wife would bail on you if she watched a Hayden Christensen movie. I said, IF she watched a Hayden movie you might just KEEP her (as apposed to her running away screeming). Read the post. Erudite and charming, that remains to be seen! READ my posts. I’m just saying, give the guy a chance. He DOES HAVE the talent and will get that movie that will SHOW it. “Dissing” someone on the net doesn’t become anyone – let alone a grown man. You should have learned by now that people have different opinions and how to handle them. Hayden has a great fan base and those fans WILL let you know their opinions, it’s what we ALL do, isn’t it?

            • Let’s just agree to disagree, HAYDEN was great in Jumper…period. I go to see movies to see my favorites and obviously, Hayden is a favorite. All I am saying is give his talent a chance. It IS there, we have seen it now in several films, he knows what he’s doing. He has the training and a great fan base. Perhaps you are one of those who just will not allow Hayden to be anyone else BUT Darth Vader. HAYDEN will eventually get that one film that will display his true talents. Did you ever view his audition tape for Lucas? HAYDEN WILL do fine in the industry, he has too many fans and too much talent to waste. His focus has been on getting with directors and writers that are respected but “coming up” as is. Hayden could have gone the route of Ewan and just “cash in” by making voluminous films that haven’t gone anywhere. Ewan has done 27 since 2000, has anyone heard of them except for 2 or 3? I don’t think you are giving this guy a chance, you sound like a person who makes up their minds and quits. Life is not like that, you HAVE to be flexible and have the ability to change. Just because you have anonymity on the internet, doesn’t make you right.

              • Ruth,

                Like I said, my reply was a bit over the top, sorry.

                As to Hayden, I “give him a chance” with every new film. I have NOTHING against the guy personally, it’s just the last couple of movies I’ve seen him in haven’t impressed me with his acting ability. I don’t know if it’s him or how he was directed (well, in Star Wars I’m pretty sure it’s how he was directed).

                There wasn’t enough of him in this trailer to get a sense of how he is in the film, but I’m hoping he does well in it.

                Best regards,


                • Thanks Vic, at least you have opened your mind to “hoping he does well in it”. I guess calling someone and old fuddy-duddy gets their ire up, I AM sorry about that! I still wish you would view Hayden’s original audition tape which is on Star Wars II additions, also Hayden in Shattered Glass and Life As A House. I’m pretty certain they don’t give out Golden Globe nominations, SAG nominations and best actor wins (Hayden and Sarsguard in Shattered Glass) for no reason. I think due to the “glut” of young male stars lately Hayden hasn’t had the chance to really show what he can do. When he auditions right now he’s up against Chris Pine, Jake Glynhall, Robert Pattinson, and many other “new guys” so under these tough circumstances he is TRYING to choose those roles that might just be able to show his now, much mature, talent. I am still confident that he will eventually get his chance, just wish it was sooner than later.

      • And if you watch the extras on Episode III, you see how Lucas is as a director, every single word spoken by Hayden, every minute movement, was all choreographed by Lucas himself, its the way he directs.

        I still say Episode III is great though.

        • Episode III IS A GREAT MOVIE! No one now on the internet believes the “hype” of a few nerdy guys about Hayden’s acting. He CAN act and has proved it over and over. You’d better get used to it because he will be around for decades and it would NOT surprise me that he will be an acadamy award nominee during that time either. He has not had the script, director, and film budget to prove that as yet but he is still young by Hollywood standards. HAYDEN will get his chance and I believe it will be soon. He truly is tall, darth and handsome!

      • YES! I am so glad you mentioned that. HAYDEN’S acting in Star Wars was entirely the responsibility of George Lucas and he let a 19 year old “newbie” take the heat for his lack of writing and direction! Hayden has volumes to show us in years to come and I am confident he will do just that. He has tried his darndest to be choosey with scripts and directors but even with doing that you don’t have a 100% success rate. HAYDEN IS a wonderful actor that will prove (again – Life As A House and Shattered Glass) it again soon. He has 4 new projects lined up and hopefully one of those films with be “it”. I love this actor!

    • I am a FAN of HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN and BRAD ANDERSON so when I saw they were the first two to be signed with the project I couldn’t wait. No matter if the ending is cliched, it’s the RIDE ALONG THE WAY that really makes a movie interesting. I WILL see this movie, several times actually, because I want to support the careers of these two amazing individuals.

  4. Jhon Leguizamo is in this movie, i want to see it…

    • Major talent. I didnt care for him at first but over the years he’s proven to be a very good dramatic actor.

  5. I saw the Star War movies and Jumper, I didnt think the kid was bad like some people say. Seems to me there are other actors out there who are so much worse who get props, like that movie-ruiner Joseph Gordon-Levitt who seems to play the same slow-in-the-head character in every movie.

    Anyway, Im interested in this one.

    • HAYDEN did a fabulous job in the Star Wars movies whether internet guys want to admit it or not. I think they like their anonymity on the net, the ability to tear people down, etc. It isn’t about what is truthful. No one beielves their “hype” anymore and realizes that Hayden definitely has the “it” factor and the talent to pull off the role. Hayden has made 14 movies since 2000, 5 were #1 at the box office, 7 were more than even returners at the box office. He’s doing fine because he makes wise, informed choices and uses his talent to the hilt. I go to the movies because I like my fav’s and I like to see how they have changed from movie to movie and both Brad and Hayden have done WELL.

  6. OKay, who’s worse? Hayden or Paul Walker?

    someone’s gotta die.

    • ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Netshark…neither, seems you appear a bit jealous! Relax, you don’t don’t HAVE to go see their movies! I am a fan of both of them and I will joyfully go see their movies. I think HAYDEN has a lot more to give in roles than Paul but I like Paul. Paul is a marine biologist and I think he’s pretty tied to that rather than films but he manages to fit in a film here and there, probably to pay for his boat or some expedition! Who cares? I just know what movies I like to go see and what actors/actresses are my fav’s. Don’t wish anyone death, life is hard enough with it’s twists and turns and heartaches.

  7. I petition for Screenrant to do an article on bad actors. Could start off with the easy ones like Reeves, Walker, Marky Mark, and work up to some more interesting movie ruiners. Everyone can chime in with who’s the worst of worst.

    Totally negative and fun for all. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Ah, so you are one of “those”, what a shame to be so negative. Give life a chance (again) and turn it around. Life IS worth living no matter what your circumstances. I’d rather have a list of the best of the best and a list of those who are really TRYING their best.

    • Netshark,

      I don’t really think we’ll do that. People in Hollywood do read the site and while it’s easy to bash from the safety of a keyboard, there is an actual person on the other side reading an article about themselves.


      • I see your point. Lists are pretty boring anyway!

  8. Netshark, is that a self portrait of you?! Such a “sweet” photo! Ha ha! That’s the way to do it! Make fun of yourself! Ha ha!