Watch Vanishing on 7th Street
- 1 hr 30 min
In the movie Vanishing on 7th Street, a widespread and unexplainable blackout has plunged the world into darkness, leaving the streets of Detroit empty and desolate. The film stars Hayden Christensen as a news anchor who finds himself stranded in the city after the sudden, inexplicable disappearance of everyone around him. As he searches for answers and a way out, he encounters a handful of survivors who have also eluded what they refer to as "the shadows" - shapeless beings that lurk just outside of the light and consume anything in their path.
Among the survivors is Rosemary, played by Thandiwe Newton, a doctor who has holed up in a movie theater with a group of children she's taken under her wing. The group faces dwindling supplies and a growing sense of fear as they try to wait out the darkness and figure out what has happened to the rest of the world. John Leguizamo also makes an appearance as a man searching desperately for his family, and his character's arc offers some of the film's tensest and most emotional moments.
As the film progresses, a few key questions emerge. What are the shadows? Where did they come from, and what do they want? Can the survivors hold out long enough to outlast them, or is there more to the situation than meets the eye?
Vanishing on 7th Street's premise is simple, but effective. For much of the film, the audience is left in the dark (both literally and figuratively) alongside the characters, following their conversations and makeshift survival strategies. The shadows themselves are largely unseen, though their eerie, chattering sounds (reminiscent of teeth clacking together) provide an effective and unsettling backdrop to the action.
The film also explores some larger themes, touching on religion, mythology, and human nature. There's a sense that the shadows may be connected to larger cosmic forces, and some characters speculate about what the event might signify in a larger sense. Meanwhile, others turn on each other as supplies dwindle and the tension mounts, leading to some uncomfortable (but ultimately believable) conflicts.
One aspect of the film that may be divisive is its ambiguous ending. Without giving too much away, the final moments of the story will likely leave viewers with more questions than answers. Some will find this frustrating or unsatisfying, while others may appreciate the sense of mystery and the opportunity for interpretation.
Overall, Vanishing on 7th Street offers a tense and entertaining take on apocalyptic horror, with strong performances from its cast and a solid script. While it may not reinvent the genre, it's an effective thriller that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
Vanishing on 7th Street is a 2010 mystery with a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.9 and a MetaScore of 50.