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Disappearance (2002)

A family driving through Nevada decides to take some snapshots at an out-of-the-way ghost town named Weaver, and horrible things start happening.

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Walter Klenhard

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Walter Klenhard
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Harry Hamlin ... Jim Henley
Susan Dey ... Patty Henley
Jer Adrianne Lelliott ... Matt Henley (as Jeremy Lelliott)
Basia A'Hern ... Kate Henley
Jamie Croft ... Ethan
Jeremy Kewley ... Deputy
Roger Newcombe ... Lester
Victoria Dixon-Whittle ... Lisa
Annie Carter Annie Carter ... Tammy
Ian Boyce Ian Boyce ... Old Man
Rob MacPherson Rob MacPherson ... Assistant Deputy
Nikki Fort Nikki Fort ... Ice Cream Waitress
Christopher James Taylor Christopher James Taylor ... Steve
Charlotte Rose Charlotte Rose ... Rachel (as Charlotte Rees)
Paul Reichstein Paul Reichstein ... Brian
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A family driving through Nevada decides to take some snapshots at an out-of-the-way ghost town named Weaver, and horrible things start happening.

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The town of Weaver isn't on a map. That's not a mistake. It's a warning.


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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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USA

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English

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21 April 2002 (USA) See more »

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A szellemváros rejtélye See more »

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In the opening scenes, a close up of a lizard on the road is seen. The lizard is a "Sleepy" or "Shingleback," an Australian lizard (giving away that it was filmed in South Australia) See more »

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References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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Duped! You will invest a lot of brainpower only to have the movie end with a huge cliffhanger
14 August 2005 | by SkreenMemReezSee all my reviews

Disappearance is about a couple who take their family on vacation in New Mexico and find themselves in deep trouble after taking a detour off the main highway to visit a town that was seemingly abandoned in 1948 for unknown reasons. The town of Weaver seems harmless at first and has tourist appeal until the family is stranded there overnight and they begin to have good reason to suspect that others have experienced their same predicament with fatal outcomes. The Henleys watch a Blair-Witch-Project-esquire video diary left by the town's last victim, which ironically demonstrates the best performance of anyone in this movie. Although Hamlin and Dey's performances are much better than the supporting casts', their emotional affect seems "flat" to me throughout the movie.

Disappearance has appeal for most of the movie as there is much suspense and good direction. However, the plot takes unexpected and implausible turns that seemingly make no sense. Worse yet it that there really is no understanding of what exactly is going on in the movie, which makes the bizarre ending less tolerable. It appeared to me that the movie makers were so focused on making a stream of suspenseful scenes, that they threw away all the elements of good story making: plot development, gradual explanation of themes and symbols that lead to a cohesive solution/outcome.

The most difficult aspect of the movie for me was that the first three-quarter of it was spent building up tension and curiosity about certain aspects of the plot that were then suddenly disposed of as if we didn't deserve an explanation:

What was the significance of the Indian symbols on the walls? What happened to the original people of Weaver? What was the connection with the people at the dinner? What did the Sheriff know? What did the missing boy discover if anything?

This was, I believe, a bad move, since it engendered some resentment. I had invested quite a bit of brainpower into hypothesizing some plausible explanations for some of these plot turns and strange events, only to have the movie makers simply end it without giving an answer to any of these things. These are some nice cliffhangers for the ending of a miniseries that is about to pickup again next week, but a totally frustrating and inappropriate ending for a stand-alone movie.


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