An unexplained blackout plunges the city of Detroit into total darkness, and by the time the sun rises, only a few people remain - surrounded by heaps of empty clothing, abandoned cars and lengthening shadows. A small handful of strangers that have survived the night (Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo and newcomer Jacob Latimore) each find their way to a rundown bar, whose gasoline-powered generator and stockpile of food and drink make it the last refuge in a deserted city. With daylight beginning to disappear completely and whispering shadows surrounding the survivors, they soon discover that the enemy is the darkness itself, and only the few remaining light sources can keep them safe. As time begins to run out for them, darkness closes in and they must face the ultimate terror.
- Brad Anderson
- Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo
Anderson spends most of his energy creating a mood - making "Vanishing" more cerebral than white-knuckle, though a few more shrieks (mine) might have been nice.Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 02.24.2011
All the trappings of a horror film without any real horror or jolts.Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter, 01.10.2011
Working from a script with diminishing returns by Anthony Jaswinski, Mr. Anderson smartly frontloads the movie, drawing you in with long shots of deserted cityscapes, the quiet punctured by periodic bird calls and dog barks.Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 02.17.2011
Mostly, we're left staring blankly at a quartet of victimized ciphers.Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 02.16.2011