When I first watched the preview for this movie, I was excited to get out and see it. The scenes were dark and foreboding, the story looked interesting and the concept grabbed my attention. I popped down to the theater, bought some soda and juju bees and settled in for the flick.
Sitting down in the theater chair was, I have to tell you, the best part of seeing this movie. Granted, I still think it’s a good idea and a good story but the execution was terrible.
First off, we have Hayden Christensen…AKA, Anakin Skywalker…Playing the role of Anakin Skywalker…but not in a galaxy far, far away, NO! He’s in Detroit for some reason, which happens to be right where this movie takes place, and seems to have wandered on to the set during production.
John Leguizamo did a decent job with the acting but his part was just poorly written. I wasn’t very impressed or happy with it at all – not for any reason I can specifically put my finger on but his part just wasn’t good.
And then there was Thandie Newton. I’ve liked her in the past but in this movie she really just annoyed me. She was screamy and whiney and running around all over the place acting like a horse’s patoot. I really…really…REALLY hated her in this movie.
So for those of you who haven’t heard of this one, here’s the basic idea. There’s some kind of craziness going on. There’s a blackout and tons of people disappear. Then, every time someone ends up in the darkness, they vanish. Insert a couple of plot expansions and you get the picture (no pun intended).
It could have been a really solid film, especially having been directed by Brad Anderson, who’s been involved in Fringe, The Shield, The Machinist and several other big productions. Unfortunately, some bad acting, odd direction and wonky scripts left this one wanting.
It left me wanting, too. Wanting 2 hours of my life back.