Seis días en la Oscuridad (2003)

Director Gabrial Soriano’s “Seis días en la Oscuridad” is yet another of the many commentaries on a society that’s dominated by kidnappings for the purposes of profit. In a land where employment is slim, kidnappings are almost a way of life there, almost mundane. And a way to use that method to pull someone out of hot water eventually snowballs in to endless bouts of shit hitting the fan.

When Claudio (Omar Garcia) commits an vehicular manslaughter, he turns to his two best friends and tell them that he needs a large sum of money. One of his friends, nicknamed “Vampiro” (Mauricio Fernandez), come up with the idea of faking self-kidnapping, so Claudio can obtain the money from his own family.

Soriano’s film isn’t a perfect one. In fact it can often be much too low-key and uneven for a film that should be much tenser when you consider the overall plot. Meanwhile, Soriano relies too frequently on almost endless montages to display the elitist society in which our characters loom and the inevitable consequences of their actions, however the cinematography by Saram Diaz adds a gritty and almost desolate touch to the world presented. Even the high class parties in which our characters drift around seems almost futile and empty. The blood splatters and the body count rises as the pursuit of the character Omar continues, and Soriano constantly keeps the audience questioning up until the end.

Sadly, as the second half rolls around Soriano’s thriller begins to lose steam as we focus more and more on the kidnappers, and less on the investigation, while the thrills are exchanged for a more dramatic effect as Claudio’s friend Ximena attempts to anxiously free him from his captors to no avail. “Seis días en la Oscuridad” is not a film I’d really ever see again because of its lagging pace, and weak second half, but it is entertaining for a go around thanks to very good performances by Omar Garcia, and the utterly ravishing Ludwika Paleta, and slick direction by Soriano who keeps the tension often dynamic.