Nubile girls and sinister
locals are not enough to break this thriller from its formulaic origins.
Amber Heard’s star has failed to truly
rise since her breakout role in All The
Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006), so it makes sense that she would venture back
to the horror thriller genre to try and shoot for the stars once again.
However, while Mandy Lane was a fun exploitation flick that kept you guessing, And Soon The Darkness is a horrible clichéd
fluff piece that struggles to find any form of plot to invest in.
(Heard) and Ellie (Yustman) are on a biking holiday in
Argentina. Along the way they find a secluded town and, on a night out, meet a
strange American (Urban) who seems
immune to Ellie’s flirtations. Having missed the only bus out of town Ellie
goes missing and Stephanie discovers that the local police care little for
missing girls. Before long she is uncovering dark secrets in this quiet town.
Early on the film spends too
much time and effort trying to keep the characters ambiguous and the mystery
thick, like a mug of congealed milk. The problem is that when it comes to digesting it you
are less inclined to eat it. By the time the plot decides to reveal its true colours
it is seriously lacking in sense. Characters
you are lead to believe will play a vital role are unceremoniously dispatched
and Stephanie is left running around from a villain who is about as scary as
On the other hand feature
debutant Efron (no not that one) makes breathtaking use of the surrounding
scenery and manages to find some locations that are so bleak they are
reminiscent of Gareth Edward’s monster torn world of Monsters (2010). Furthermore, he
manages to evoke a nice sense of dread early on with subtle imagery that hints
at what is to come later on.
is never asked to do much more than play the ‘responsible’ girl to Yustman’s
‘free spirit’ but both are sufficient eye candy to keep male audience members
vaguely interested on a cosmetic level. Karl Urban on the other hand spends so
much time trying to be vague you wonder if his character might in fact be
having some kind of aneurism.
Looks aside And Soon The
Darkness leaves you wondering if the title is designed to lull you into
thinking someone has pulled the rug over your eyes. Unfortunately it doesn’t
and as such just leaves you wondering why anyone bothered.