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Towards Darkness (2008)

Towards Darkness

Overview


Genre

Thriller

Release Date

March 14, 2008 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

92 min.

Studio

Peace Arch Entertainment

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Jose Antonio Negret

Producer

Craig Anderson, Luiza Ricupero

Screenwriter

Jose Antonio Negret

Starring

  • Roberto Urbina
  • America Ferrera as Luiza
  • David Sutcliffe
  • William Atherton
  • Cameron Daddo
  • Tony Plana as Carlos Gutierrez
  • Alejandra Borrero
  • Carlos Valencia
  • Roberto Cano
  • Fernando Solorzano

Story


The son of a Colombian banker, photographer Jose (Roberto Urbina) lives abroad in New York . While visiting his family back home for the Christmas holidays, he is reunited with a streetwise old flame (America Ferrera) and reacquainted with the casual violence that mars his country. Within days of his return, Jose is beaten and kidnapped, his captors demanding an exorbitant ransom from his parents. Aware that the local police would do more harm than good, Jose's frantic parents enlist the aid of a covert American special operations team to recover their son alive. Jose's father (Tony Plana) is soon forced to make an unsavory deal with a Colombian warlord in order to secure the million-dollar payment. Meanwhile, Jose remains bound, gagged and blindfolded in an abandoned warehouse in the rainforest, contemplating what he assumes is his imminent murder. The lives and backstories of various characters converge in a slick non-linear narrative that humanizes each one: from the rescuer (David Sutcliffe) looking for redemption for a past killing, to the kidnappers driven to crime out of pure desperation. Twenty-four-year-old director Antonio Negret's debut is a nail-biting, clock-ticking thriller that eschews stereotypes and blatant moralism, presenting a portrait of Colombia as a vibrant nation of resilience and exuberance, but plagued by extortion and turmoil.

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