The Vanishing It's nice to see Gerard Butler taking on a role that reminds us he can act and with a surprising amount of range. He has become Hollywood's go to man for B movie action over the last few years. However in 'The Vanishing' he gives the stand out performance. With strong support from Peter Mullan and Connor Swindells this film tells the story of three lighthouse keepers that vanished without trace off the coast of Scotland. Obviously only inspired by true events Director Kristoffer Nylholm's film is a tense slow burn thriller that relies on the three actors to drive the story through dialogue rather than action. As aforementioned it is Butler's performance that captivates the most as the three men discover a man washed ashore with a wooden chest. It is apparent that the contents of the chest is rather valuable when three more individuals come looking for their property. Nylholm's film never truly ignites. It instead smoulders. Tension is turned up by the three leads as their predicament gets the better of them. Greed, guilt and madness ensues in what Is a superbly crafted movie. It's a shame Butler doesn't lend himself more to these type of roles and allow himself to flex those acting chops rather than his muscles. Don't get me wrong I love his cheesy action roles but here he's allowed to shine as an actor. Mullen is the father figure of the crew and he is the one turned to for wisdom and advice whilst Swndells character is the naive new Youngblood. I recommend that you watch this film. It's slow but captivating like a good mystery thriller should be.
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Three lighthouse keepers on the remote Flannan Isles find a hidden trunk of gold, leading to their mysterious disappearance.
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October 21, 2019