- The Vanishing review by Alphaville
Pared-down stagey drama about three Scottish lighthouse keepers who vanish. It’s apparently based on a true story, but the truth could never have been as ridiculous as this. If you believe the DVD blurb that it’s an “action-packed drama”, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. You’ll see the way it’s going long before the end. Do you think there’ll be some squabbling in such an enclosed space? To be fair, there’s a major incident half-way through when things get interesting for a while, but then it’s back to being a dull, claustrophobic chamber piece, better suited to the stage than the cinema screen.
On the DVD Extras the Danish cinemaphotographer even says that it’s the confined staginess of the piece that attracted him to it – more lighting options to challenge him. As for the Danish director, he was attracted by the Scandi-noir aspect of it. If that’s what you like, fine. If it’s visual flair you’re looking for, look elsewhere. For the most part, this is dull fare.
10 out of 10 members found this review helpful.
Not a barrel of laughs
- The Vanishing review by JT
I can't remember when I last saw a film that left me feeling so depressed. The characters all seemed to have some kind of mental problem which displayed it'self quite early, with a lot of the action taking place at night so difficult to see what was happening. Which was probably just as well. Very disappointing .
9 out of 9 members found this review helpful.
- The Vanishing review by DW
Had good expectations given Gerard Butler in the film but the film is slow and disappointing.
Long boring scenes that could have benefited in some cases from subtitles as I could not understand the strong dialog.
Hard to believe that this could be a true story with abrupt ending so no idea eventual outcome.
Cannot understand why Gerard Butler would have considered a role in this film.
7 out of 8 members found this review helpful.
Grim and gripping
- The Vanishing review by HM
The atmosphere of this movie reminded me of how I felt about Shutter Island, disturbed but engaged. I suspect it could be too grim for most people but when it ends, are you relieved because an unpleasant mood has gone or because you were actually drawn into it and shared the tensions of the characters?
Repulsive, but absorbing, that is the problem; a bit like watching a snake, fascinating but disturbing at the same time. Worth a risk to watch it; yes I think so. Slasher movies are not as squirm making as this is, they are standard pattern pulp. A real life horror scenario is much more disturbing; yes that is the word!
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.