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And Soon the Darkness (2010)

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When two American girls on a bike trip in a remote part of Argentina split up and one of them goes missing, the other must find her before her worst fears are realized.

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Ellie (as Odette Yustman)
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César Vianco ...
Calvo
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Chucho
Luis Sabatini ...
Luca
Daniel Figuereido ...
Pedro
Jorge Booth ...
Hernán
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Camila
Javier Luna ...
Bar Owner
Andrea Verdun ...
Waitress
Nicolas Dolensky ...
Cute Guy (as Nicolás Dolensky)
Walter Pena ...
Mechanic (as Walter Peña)
Esteban Pastrana ...
Barman
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When two American girls on a bike trip in a remote part of Argentina split up and one of them goes missing, the other must find her before her worst fears are realized. Written by prc

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Alone. Stranded. No One to Trust.


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Rated R for some violence and brief torture | See all certifications »

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A remake of the 1970's British thriller of the same name. The original is set in France and has two British females as the leads, whereas the remake is set in Argentina and has two American females as the leads. See more »

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During the scene, when Ellie and Stephanie are first drinking in the bar, the two young Argentinian men buy the girls a shot each. Stephanie is shown drinking almost all of her shot, however on the next shot she still has a full shot glass and is preparing herself to drink it. See more »

Quotes

Stephanie: [on her cellphone, trying to locate Ellie] So it's me, uhm, where are you? I'm at the cow place now.
[looking around for her friend]
Stephanie: Uhm, so call me. Bye.
[starts pushing her bicycle, looking vaguely worried, as car approaches]
Michael: [driver in car] Hey!
Stephanie: Hi.
Michael: Where's your friend?
Stephanie: Coming.
Michael: Yeah?
Stephanie: Yeah.
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Remake of And Soon the Darkness (1970) See more »

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Written by Angie Mattson and Rudy Haeusermann
Performed by Angie Mattson
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An Admirable Remake of a Forgotten British Thriller
14 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two young American women (Amber Heard and Odette Yustman) are biking around Argentina. It is a fun adventure, at least until one of them gets kidnapped. Can the other track down the kidnapper and save her friend? Who can she trust?

This film is a remake of a 1970 British thriller. For all intents and purposes, the connection could be overlooked and the film would be just fine. While some things were kept the same -- the bicycling, lack of subtitles and a shot of a plane overhead -- much of it was changed. The setting has moved from France to Argentina, the girls' names were changed, and there is a whole new dynamic. This film could have stood on its own.

Writer-director Marcos Efron truly does make it his own film, and it helps to have two of today's finest young stars in the lead roles. Amber Heard, at the time of this film's release, was already known and about to be more well-known alongside Johnny Depp and Nic Cage. Odette Yustman, perhaps less well-known, is still a star in her own right.

The film is tense, suspenseful, better-paced than the original, with beautiful color and scenery. There is a sexy element, but no outright sex. There is a violent element, but no outright gore. The film is R, but could get by with what I would call a "hard PG-13". Even the torture aspects never enter into the "torture porn" realm of "Saw" or "Hostel", or even "Turistas", and I give this film credit for that, staying firmly in "thriller" rather than "horror" territory.

While I would not give it a must-see, mandatory recommendation, it is a great thriller and one of the better films I have seen in a while. I never get sick of seeing Heard or Yustman, especially when they are in their swimsuits. This film earns a B, maybe a B-plus. The Anchor Bay DVD is also loaded with special features.


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