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Who Has Seen This Woman?
A young man begins an obsessive search for his girlfriend after she mysteriously disappears during their sunny vacation getaway. His three-year investigation draws the attention of her abductor, a seemingly mild-mannered professor who, in truth, harbors a diabolically clinical and calculating mind. When the kidnapper contacts the man and promises to reveal his lover’s fate, The Vanishing unfolds with intense precision, culminating in a genuinely chilling finale that has unnerved audiences around the world.
With an ingenious plot structure and a black heart that seems to revel in breaking the audience's own, The Vanishing is a bleak thriller that might not have the technical bravado of Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now, but feels very similar in effect. A devastating loss, a study of grief and obsession, and an ending that is simply cruel, but feels just right. Adapted from Tim Krabbé's novella, The Golden Egg, it's a great example of the benefit of keeping the author on to co-write the screenplay. The pacing and structure work together to keep the plot barreling ahead (something other psych-thrillers occasionally stumble on by concerning too much runtime to developing the mood explicitly instead of letting the story…
Dutch brilliance. What one man is willing to do to uncover the truth of a missing loved one. What one man did that will send shivers up your spine. Thrilling. Edgy. Creepy. No Hollywood ending, but pure satisfaction after viewing.
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Review In A Nutshell:
The Vanishing is the story of a woman who suddenly disappeared and her friend, after 3 years of searching, starts to receive postcards from a mysterious person.
I found the plot of the film to be potentially intriguing, sadly it failed to keep me interested due to its unfocused characters and the lack of tension during the bulk of the film's first hour. To clarify, the setting up of the film's complication was certainly interesting and it did help set up the film's suspense and mystery which would then benefit the latter half of the film. The issue is found during the film's second act, going back and forth…
This is a story of two men. On one hand, the pain and suffering of one consumed by his grief and on the other, the fulfilment of a dark fantasy by a man who creates the perfect plan. Strangely for a thriller, there is little to no mystery over how or even why the events take place and that makes for an even more involved and powerful story.
Rex and Saskia are a young couple in love, driving their way across Europe into France. They are happy and playful, wrapped in each others space as they encompass the vast expanse of countryside heading toward their destination. She warns him about their low petrol gauge but being the typical know-it-all guy…
I'm not quite sure what I would classify Spoorloos as, but it certainly didn't feel like your run of the mill horror. I guess you could say it's more of a psychological thriller? I guess that's the point though...the most horrifying aspects of the film are about the things going on in our heads. The decisions we make and our seemingly unavoidable subconscious decisions are the most horrifying thing of all.
Wow, I forgot just how unsettling this movie truly is.
Raymond Lemorne has to be one of the most frightening, brilliant, insane villains in movie history. Hannibal Lecter's got nothing on this guy. And the way the audience finds out his goals and methods and strategy - without resorting to exposition - is simply masterful.
So much has been said about the climax of this film, so I will say no more and let you experience it for yourself. You will not forget it.
Beer: Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier - 3.5/5 (an oldie but goodie!)
"The Vanishing" is a fantastic thriller, but in a very different way than most thrillers. It is about knowledge - about what the characters know about the disappearance, and what they know about themselves. It skillfully navigates through several genres--with elements of classic thrillers, psychological horror, and mystery. What really impressed me, however, was how accessible it is. Even viewers who would not normally be drawn to contemporary European cinema will be captivated. Director George Sluizer unfolds his story with unnerving precision. Cutting back and forth in time, he traces the paths taken by the three main characters, as if running an omniscient finger along the lines of a fatalistic road map.
The emotional apprehension runs high from the very…
This is great suspense brilliantly executed. The only thing that bothered me was how underwhelmed the ending felt after building up to so much in the first two acts. Perhaps multiple viewings will change my opinion there. I don't know. What I do know is that the acting, cinematography and score are stellar and the editing ads a great pacing to this thriller which comes just shy of being perfect.
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Well that was terrifying. Much like the recent Gone Girl, Spoorloos takes a real life prevalent fear and runs to town with it. Also about a kidnapping, the film isn't so much about the aftermath as it is about the set-up. Spoorloos begins with a couple being a couple until the girl vanishes. The film then switches for a majority of the film to the kidnapper, showing his life and how he developed the urge to kidnap.
Once the culprit was revealed so early on, I was afraid the film would begin to bore (Much like Twin Peaks lost lots of steam after BOB's reveal) but the opposite was true. It is right then…
The Vanishing is a film that captures so much about humanity.
Sure, most films--the great and terrible alike--portray good aspects of humanity (usually in the form of the protagonist) and the nasty side of humanity (antagonist). Some movies buck this trend--forces of nature antagonists, or protagonists that fall into the anti-hero category, etc--but the good vs bad dichotomy is a pretty innate part of the human narrative.
We get a story where a man is on vacation with his wife when she disappears. After the unsettling (and well shot) setup, The Vanishing becomes a movie about his desperate search to find her. But it does so by leaping a number of years into the future where his search, though on-going,…
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”You start with an idea in your head, and you take a step... then a second... Soon, you realize you're up to your neck in something intense, but that doesn't matter. You keep at it for the sheer pleasure of it. For the pure satisfaction it might bring you.”
The Vanishing is a movie I have been meaning to watch for quite a while now. It’s been on my watchlist for years but only now have I finally been able to see it. I had heard a lot of good things about it, that it was a nail biter but I actually virtually knew anything about its plot or theme. I was pretty sure it involved a disappearance…
Third viewing, finally appreciating the insane density of symbolism and argument, not to mention the ludicrous number of threads one could follow.
One lesson learned (of many): Control someone's desire, and you control their fate.
I'm not one for profiling and I believe everyone should be considered innocent until proven guilty but anyone with that facial hair should be arrested on sight and sent to a maximum security prison without a trial.
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