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Hacia la oscuridad (2007)

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Deals with 90 minutes in a kidnapped hostage's life, and the frustration his family, a special ops team, and a man in charge of delivering the ransom money all feel as they rush to save him.

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Antonio Negret

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Antonio Negret
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Cast

Credited cast:
Roberto Urbina ... Jose Gutierrez
America Ferrera ... Luiza
David Sutcliffe ... Charlie Bain
Tony Plana ... Carlos Gutierrez
William Atherton ... John
Alejandra Borrero Alejandra Borrero ... Marta Gutierrez
Fernando Solórzano Fernando Solórzano ... Umberto Pompeo
Roberto Cano ... Pedro
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Juan Carlos Arango Juan Carlos Arango ... Bucko
Alonso Arias Alonso Arias ... Sandro
Chantelle Bogue Chantelle Bogue ... Dying Girl
Carlos Humberto Camacho Carlos Humberto Camacho ... Roberto 'El Lobo' Sanchez
Cameron Daddo ... Victor
Claudia Degustini Claudia Degustini ... Sheila Mendoza
Omar Diaz Omar Diaz ... Customs Official
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Storyline

José Gutierrez, the son of a banker in Colombia, has been kidnapped. In 90 minutes, the ransom is due or he will be killed. In real time, and in flashbacks about each main character, we see José in New York with his girlfriend and back home with Luiza an old flame; his parents seek the help of an ex-FBI agent, and José's father's makes a bargain with the devil for the ransom money; the kidnappers also face problems. The suitcase of cash is racing to the drop, but traffic delays the driver. Armed operatives are en route to where they think José is captive. Cash, drugs, guns, bargains, soldiers of fortune, dispossessed farmers, family, and death: Colombia. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sometimes even ransom isn't enough.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence, language, and a scene of sexuality
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Country:

USA

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

3 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Towards Darkness See more »

Filming Locations:

Panama City, Panama

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Remake of Darkness Minus Twelve (2004) See more »

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A tense and shocking film!
24 September 2008 | by robert5692See all my reviews

"Towards Darkness" really surprised me. I had heard little about it, and bought it online because I was intrigued. It is a tension-filled thriller, that kept me guessing what was going to happen next. America Ferrara does a great job in a performance unlike any other I've seen her do. The main character also does a good job. In terms of the story, it unfolds in a complex structure, with time jumps that reveal both the past and the present. Though during a few moments it ran a little long, I felt that overall the structure really helped add to the tension. It has a lot of twists and turns, and makes you realize how many things can go wrong during a single kidnapping. It also gave a great glimpse into Columbian life. All in all, the film felt authentic and exciting. It has both English and Spanish, and a cool tone. It was brutal when it had to be, and surprisingly tender as well. I would definitely recommend it, especially if you like '24' or 'Man on Fire.'


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