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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Vanishing on 7th Street'
(Hayden Christensen, John Leguizamo, Thandie Newton, et al/ DVD / R / 2011 / Magnolia Home Entertainment)

Overview: 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 Jacob Latimore) each find their way to a rundown bar.

DVD Verdict: The film starts out with a movie projectionist reading about the lost colony of Roanoke. Then the power goes off. When he investigates he finds empty clothes where people should be. There are eerie shadows and he too disappears.

Hayden Christensen wakes up and finds the city in a similar state, with clothes, but missing bodies. 3 days later (apparently he was unable to walk out of the city in that time) Christensen is walking around the city in the dark scrounging batteries for flashlights.

Er, here's a thought ... HEY! TRY THE STORES!

Anyway, discovering the city has been hit by a discriminating EMF that effects car batteries but not dry cells. He is not yet ready to embrace the dark side of the force.

In the midst of it all he finds a bar with the lights still on (own generator) and decides he needs a bracer. People start to conjugate at the bar one at a time. Outside, when your light goes out, computer generated blackness quickly swarms around you to eerie music. Sunlight becomes a thing of the past as Detroit becomes Dark City. Apparently these are not the people who know how to set the city on fire every Halloween!

The characters discuss tons of reasons why this is happening and the best one was that God/ the universe hit the "reset" button and they are the stragglers. Much, much better then 'The Happening,' but not one to rush out and see, sorry! [ML] This is a Widescreen Presentation, enhanced for 16x9 TVs.