Movie Review: And Soon the Darkness

Title: And Soon the Darkness
Released: 2010
Director: Marcos Efron
Starring: Karl Urban, Amber Heard, Odette Annable
Rating: 2/5

It’s rather sad, how bad my love for Karl Urban is. At this point I will watch anything with him in it, and that means I’m watching some terrible, terrible movies. And Soon the Darkness isn’t the worst he’s been in, but it was certainly not the best.

The movie starts off a little too much like Hostel for me – some young girls backpacking around the world, and that vibe sticks throughout the whole movie. The more I watch movies like this, however, the more I know I’m probably going to die on my next holiday.

The movie is so stereotypical it hurts: the girl trying to get over her asshole ex-boyfriend, going on holiday with her best friend, having a fight and then one of them gets kidnapped. It’s like the writers weren’t even trying, and to top it off, it feels like the movie takes forever to start, it’s just so slow and you’re just waiting for something to happen (and when it does, it’s so painfully obvious). Being stereotypical, there’s obviously the obligatory ‘almost rape’ scene which really bores me these days – we don’t need that in a movie, okay? If it’s not central to the plot then it’s not needed, we don’t need to see that or be left with that bitter taste in our mouths. And thene there’s the fact that whilst the movie seems to slow, other parts are so rushed it feels like ‘blink and you’ll miss it’.

Being billed as a Karl Urban movie is pretty dumb, considering he’s barely even in it, and when he is his character is so cliche (guy looking for kidnapped girlfriend and meets girl looking for kidnapped friend). His betrayal was so ovbious and it was as if Urban wasn’t even acting, and it’s sad to see such an amazing actor in such a stupid role.

The movie is just boring, in my opinion, and a waste of time. It’s like they makers saw Hostel and wanted to remake it but pretend it was completely different, which it isn’t really, it’s just not as gorey. I really wouldn’t advise anyone to watch this, not even if your a huge fan of any of the cast, because you’ll just be left disappointed.

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