Towards Darkness
Towards Darkness (2007)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: July 22, 2008
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

suffers from an overly cluttered narrative and too-hyperkinetic style.

Laura Kern
New York Times

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.

John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

Antonio Negret employs too many characters, backstories and plot tangents to address a subject that's unwieldy enough already

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

[Director] Negret is clearly less interested in imagining a fictional romance than in conveying his vision of a land that has lost its way.

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Ronnie Scheib
Variety

A convoluted bilingual thriller about a kidnapping in Colombia, Towards Darkness may be too clever for its own good.

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Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

The film is meant to be a heart-stopper but does not succeed as the director had hoped.

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Maitland McDonagh
Time Out New York

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...loses serious points for an ending that's both baffling and infuriating.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Writer-director Antonio Negret only alludes to the seriousness of his volatile social setting.

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