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The Vanishing

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United Kingdom
·
2019

Rated R · 1h 48m

Director Kristoffer Nyholm
Starring Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan, Connor Swindells, Søren Malling

Genre Mystery, Thriller

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In this psychological thriller inspired by a real-life mystery, three lighthouse keepers on the Flannan Isles discover a trunk of gold and turn on each other in increasingly violent displays of greed and paranoia. One theory of three ordinary men who faced extraordinary circumstances and left their humanity behind.

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Variety by Dennis Harvey

Falling between the stools of thriller and drama, this speculative tale grows steadily less satisfying, despite a handsome look and a strong cast.
70

The Hollywood Reporter by Frank Scheck

Boasting excellent performances by screen veterans Peter Mullan and Gerard Butler, the latter delivering one of his best turns in years, The Vanishing feels familiar in most ways, including its title (the same as George Sluizer's classic Dutch thriller and its mediocre American remake). Nonetheless, the film proves highly effective with its slowly ratcheted up tension and eerie atmospherics.
70

The New York Times by Jeannette Catsoulis

While Jorgen Johansson’s windswept photography creates a credible sense of isolation (he filmed in part at the Mull of Galloway lighthouse), we sense the ominous rhythms of impending calamity.
70

Los Angeles Times by Noel Murray

Mullan brings edginess and gravitas to the kind of role he’s played dozens of times. Butler, though, is a pleasant surprise, departing from his usual one-dimensional action heroes to play a dramatic part — and so well that one wonders why he doesn’t do it more often.
75

Movie Nation by Roger Moore

The Vanishing manages to shock even as it fails to truly surprise, a movie that takes a worn situation and wrings fresh pain out of it as it reaches — over-reaches — to solve a mystery that is probably even more mysterious than whatever the screenwriter’s cooked up.

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