Hacia la oscuridad (Towards Darkness)
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First-time director/screenwriter Antonio Negret details the frightening trend of kidnapping in Columbia with this tense tale of a young photographer who is abducted and held for ransom as his desperate parents scramble to raise the money that could save their child's life. Jose Gutierrez (Roberto Urbina) is a Columbian photographer in his early twenties who had come to America in order to pursue an education. Upon returning to his homeland, Jose is greeted by his good friends Jaime (Andres Toro), Pedro (Roberto Cano), and Luiza (America Ferrera). In the following days, Luiza attempts to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

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"suffers from an overly cluttered narrative and too-hyperkinetic style."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"That someone is kidnapped in Colombia every three hours is a startling statistic that offers many cinematic possibilities. But Towards Darkness fails to use any of them to advantage."
‑ Laura Kern, New York Times
"Antonio Negret employs too many characters, backstories and plot tangents to address a subject that's unwieldy enough already"
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
"[Director] Negret is clearly less interested in imagining a fictional romance than in conveying his vision of a land that has lost its way."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"A convoluted bilingual thriller about a kidnapping in Colombia, Towards Darkness may be too clever for its own good."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"The film is meant to be a heart-stopper but does not succeed as the director had hoped."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Colombian-born writer-director Antonio Negret's kidnapping thriller tackles the same subject matter as Hollywood's big-budget, star driven Proof of Life. But it's a grittier and more viscerally affecting film."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Time Out New York
"...loses serious points for an ending that's both baffling and infuriating."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Writer-director Antonio Negret only alludes to the seriousness of his volatile social setting."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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