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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 ... Roberto 'El Lobo' Sanchez
Cameron Daddo ... Victor
Claudia Degustini Claudia Degustini ... Sheila Mendoza
Omar Diaz Omar Diaz ... Customs Official
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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.

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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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My home...my friends...my country...all caught up in a crossfire of violence.
24 March 2009 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Being a fan of "Man on Fire," I decided to check out this film produced by and starring America Ferrera ("Ugly Betty") to expose the problem of kidnapping in Columbia. She says, "The rate in Colombia is awful. More than one person a day is kidnapped there." It is not just a problem in Columbia, but in many places in the World.

Roberto Urbina (Che: Part One) as Jose is the victim, and spends his time thinking about his ex-girlfriend Luiza (America Ferrera). Of course, the film flashes back and forth from real time to the time of the kidnapping.

Jose is not too smart. He sees some thugs in a bar that earlier pulled a gun on him on the football field, and he stands there downing shot after shot. Did Luiza set him up? He sure wasn't sober enough to see it coming.

It did have a great car chase when Charlie (David Sutcliffe), the ex-FBI agent helping to deliver the ransom steals a car after getting stuck in traffic.

An interesting film on the subject, but didn't set me on fire.


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