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PostSubject: Vanishing on 7th Street   Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:28 am




Vanishing on 7th Street is a post-apocalyptic horror-thriller film directed by Brad Anderson[1] and starring Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo.[2]

Plot

A mysterious, seemingly global blackout causes most of the people on Earth to simply vanish into thin air, leaving only their clothes and possessions behind. Shadows take on lives of their own, being able to speak to and follow their targets. As more and more people disappear, so does sunlight; with days growing significantly shorter, forcing a small handful of survivors to band together in an abandoned, dimly-lit bar on Detroit, Michigan's 7th Street, struggling to combat the apocalyptic threat. Thinking they may in fact be the last people on Earth, the darkness begins to hone in on them alone. As the situation worsens, they know one thing for sure, that only the diminishing light sources can keep them safe. As the lights fail, all the characters start vanishing one by one. During the trailer the word "Croatoan" can be seen, evoking the lost colony of Roanoke.
Luke (Hayden Christensen) is a TV news anchor. He wakes up one morning and realizes that none of his electronics work. After walking down several flights of stairs to the building's lobby, he discovers that everyone has disappeared. He sees many images of the destruction around him, including a pilot-less airliner crashing into the ground. Luke rushes to his TV station, to find his missing girlfriend.
The film flashes forward 3 days, where Luke is now wearing a raincoat covered in lights. After a brief run in with another man on the street, he finds the bar and enters. The boy, James (Jacob Latimore), comes up from the basement with a shotgun. An emergency television broadcast reveals that the darkness is everywhere and people are vanishing in the darkness. They also find out they can only trust the lights that they have, as whatever is in the darkness can create lights as bait to lure them in. At this point, Rosemary (Thandie Newton) comes into the bar screaming about her missing child. Later still, they hear Paul (John Leguizamo) crying in pain from underneath an illuminated bus stop bench. Luke leaves the safety of the bar to save him.
The four gather in the bar, and try to work on the generator which provides them with lights and power. Paul tells them all the story of Roanoke. He later passes out due to an earlier head injury. Luke says he's going to go grab a truck down the road and take them across the border. Luke and Rosemary leave to get to the truck. James then comes out of the bathroom and realizes that the darkness has taken Paul.
Luke and Rosemary find the truck and push it a ways, but with their lights running low, realize they can't continue on. However, just as their lights begin to die, a little girl appears and saves them momentarily with her flashlight only to then run back into the darkness leaving Luke and Rosemary in peril of the darkness. After this, Rosemary takes Luke to a nearby clinic where she starts to find matches, to light the makeshift torch Luke has created. She hears a baby crying, goes to it, and the darkness takes her. Luke finally get the truck rolled back to the bar. He gets it started using the last of the generator's power, and he and James drive away. When Luke stops to close the hood, they are in front of a church. James thinks his mother is inside and goes in. Luke, unable to stop him and feeling he can do nothing, drives away. James is chased by the darkness, which is kept at bay by the flickering candles of the church. Just in time, Luke turns back to get James, crashing the truck into the church. But as he gets out, the truck dies, and the darkness takes him.
James sleeps in the church with the candles, which, one by one, are being blown out by the wind that now comes through the opening created by the crashing truck. The next shot shows him waking up in the church, a single candle still burning, and sunlight coming through the windows. The young girl that Luke chased comes into the church and tell James that he is sleeping in her "bed." James gets up, planning to leave, but the girl implores him to stay. She tells him that her name is Brianna. She has a solar-powered rechargeable flashlight, which still works, of which she says, "It won't go out...as long as there's day." They find a police horse eating apples that spilled from the back of the wrecked truck. As the sun goes down, the shadows of Luke, Rosemary, and Paul are shown on a wall. The last scene is of James and Brianna riding the horse together down a car-strewn interstate. As the sun goes down and the night closes in, Brianna's flashlight is turned on, enveloping them in it's protective light, allowing them to safely proceed onward.
[edit]Cast

Hayden Christensen as Luke Ryder, a television reporter who becomes the leader of the group while trying to escape.
Thandie Newton as Rosemary, a distraught woman searching for her missing baby.
John Leguizamo as Paul, a cinema projectionist.
Jacob Latimore as James Leary, an armed 12½ year old whose mother was a bartender at the tavern before she disappeared. He takes up guarding it, and allows the survivors to barricade themselves inside.
Taylor Groothuis as Briana
Jordan Trovillion as Concession girl
Arthur Cartwright as Security Guard








消失在第七街英文名:Vanishing on 7th Street消失在第七街 海报(4张)
  导演:布拉德·安德森
  主演:海登·克里斯滕森(Hayden Christensen)
  桑迪·牛顿 (Thandie Newton)
  约翰·雷吉扎莫(John Leguizamo)
  类型:惊悚 / 恐怖 / 悬疑
  上映日期:2011年2月18日 美国
  片长:85min
  对白语言:英语
  发行公司:Latinamerican Theatrical Group


当黑暗变得可以吞噬人类,当你一早醒来发现大街上只剩一套套被遗弃的衣装,你将会如何应对? 你需要的是光亮,让自己始终保持在光亮中。几位从黑暗中幸存下来的人类聚集在以天然气做能源的酒吧中,包括卢克(海登·克里斯滕森)一个电视节目主持人、保罗(约翰·雷吉扎莫)一个性格孤僻的放映师、罗斯玛丽(桑迪·牛顿)一个因为孩子的失踪焦虑发狂的母亲,最后还有一个名叫詹姆斯(雅克布·拉铁摩尔)的孩子。当能源渐渐用尽,他们面临是要照明,还是逃出城市的选择。当然,还有恐惧以及群体之间的斗争与不信任阻碍着他们……
幕后制作
  《机械师》导演再造末世惊悚迷局
  对于观众来说,布拉德·安德森这个名字显得既熟悉又陌生,这位惊悚电影爱好者实际上在30岁之后才开始了自己的导演事业,进入21世纪才真正开始崭露头角,而到了2004年,一部惊悚片《机械师》(2004)除了让大家记住了骨瘦如柴的演员克里斯蒂安·贝尔,也奠定了安德森在恐怖电影领域的地位,电视剧集《恐怖大师》(2005)给他一集的时间就是明证。不过在这之后,安德森似乎爱上了电视领域,基本都在电视圈晃悠,包括参加导演了著名剧集《危机边缘》(2008),倒是让他人气更涨,这也让他的这部新片《消失在第七街》集结了影迷和剧迷的关注,因而一时成为2011年初备受期待的惊悚新片。
  “一部带着启示录般神秘气息的惊悚片”,布拉德·安德森本人如此定位自己的新片,“四位主要角色在一个美国大城市中醒来,一步步走向外界,去探索为什么每个人都消失了。”至于为何选择拍摄这部电影,安德森对本片剧本称赞有加,“我读了一下我的朋友加斯温斯基的剧本。我真的马上对这种神秘主义核心的故事产生了兴趣,在这个剧本中,他并未提供一个完整的对于发生了什么的解释,他也没有真正的解决这个神秘的难题。我认为这是一种大胆地、个性地、非常规的尝试。”正是因为这种对剑走偏锋风格的欣赏,安德森担当了导演工作,他表示在剧本中,黑暗本身扮演了一种重要角色,它主要的压力来源,它就是一类怪兽。而如何表现“黑暗”这头怪兽也就成了安德森巨大的挑战,他表示,正是这种技术上的挑战,深深吸引了他。
  有限预算下的惊悚效果和表演尝试
  特别在今天,如果观众看到一部没有明确结局的电影,骂声四起的概率是很高的,对此,布拉德·安德森也有心理准备。“是的,我知道观众需要更多解释,无疑,现在的处理是有相当风险的,但是也是我们有意尝试的。”,导演试图让本片的神秘主义显得栩栩如生,以便观众可以有一种与剧中角色相似的,在未发现真相前的一种失衡感,一同去体会探寻一个巨大的神秘事件的过程。看来,安德森将本片的成败与其能否营造神秘黑暗的效果紧紧相连,为此,他特别注意了阴影的运用,他希望将阴影制造成一种类似天空中的云彩的效果。本片的特效由导演在纽约的团队完成,在最终的效果上,他们还去掉了很多色彩效果,让单色效果更突出, 以此增强片中光明与黑暗的对比感,安德森认为,这本片有限的预算下,最终达到的特效还是令人满意的。
  作为一部预算有限的电影,安德森显然很难招揽一线演员,作为男一号的海登·克里斯滕森,尽管在19岁就凭借“星战前传”系列最后两部的“天行者”角色名震世界,但是此后其演艺事业并未腾飞,长期疲软,偶有闪光。而在这部注重氛围的电影中,克里斯滕森需要表现一种紧张、不安和复杂的人性,从影片试映后的反馈看,他的表演还是得到了媒体颇多认可,是本片值得关注的连点。女演员方面,最出名的当属桑迪·牛顿,尽管长期充当配角,不过她特别善于扮演各种女性角色,在《2012》(2009)她演过总统的女儿,在《布什》(2008)她又演过总统身边的国务卿怀斯,在《当幸福来敲门》(2006)她又要为人妻母,所以本次演绎一个为了失踪的孩子而濒临崩溃的母亲,将是她又一次不同女性角色演绎的挑战。
  一次末世事件开放式解读的实验
  《惊变28天》(2002),《我是传奇》(2007),初看《消失在第七街》的剧情,类似的世界只剩下少数幸存者的电影很容易浮现在你的脑中。不过在安德森看来,他电影的特质就在于这不是一部以一种实际事件为背景的末世电影,一个城市居民的突然消失不是因为核弹,不是因为僵尸来袭,不是因为病毒入侵,导演重在表现末日来临的感觉,你可以对它进行更开放的解读。从影片试映的反馈看,安德森担心的不明确的结局是否被接受的问题,似乎并未引发太多批评和反弹,倒是对这部电影不够惊悚恐怖的不满颇多,安德森的开放式迷局尝试似乎很难说成功或是失败,对于它,恐怕还需观众去尝试体验安德森试图达到的代入式迷局氛围,同时尝试获得一个自己对于这场神秘事件的解释。
影片花絮
  ·本片曾亮相2010年多伦多电影节“午夜疯狂单元(Midnight Madness)”。
  ·《消失在第七街》的预算为1000万美元,整个拍摄过程只有20天。
  ·负责北美发行的Magent公司采取了先提供视频点播再小范围公映的方式。影片定于2011年1月7日提供点播,然后2月18日小范围公映。
一句话评论
  这部电影令人毛骨悚然到让你希望黑暗的剧场能够赶快亮灯。 ——《乡村之声》
  片中的演员们努力的试图表现恐怖效果,尤其是克里斯滕森先生,当他扮演这出令人惊异的破碎的真相中,那位充满羞耻感的记者时,他也证明了他的演技。但是,那种超然于角色之上的惊悚,却丝毫不能吸引观众。 ——《纽约观察家》
  无论一个观众对基督教福音派如何看待,从一部完全意义上的惊悚电影来看,这部电影再需要一个更有力的恶棍角色才能令人满意。 ——《好莱坞报道》
  安德森拍了一部没有僵尸的僵尸电影。 ——《娱乐周刊》




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