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The Vanishing (2018)

Keepers (original title)
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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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Kristoffer Nyholm

Writers:

Celyn Jones, Joe Bone
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Cast overview:
Peter Mullan ... Thomas
Gerard Butler ... James
Emma King ... Mary
Gary Lewis ... Kenny
Connor Swindells ... Donald
Ken Drury Ken Drury ... Duncan
Gary Kane Gary Kane ... Gherd
Søren Malling ... Locke
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson ... Boor
Roderick Gilkison ... Galley Hand
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Based on the Flannan Isle mystery. A small relief boat approaches a tiny, isolated island where a Louise is located.They're too replenish the stocks and replace the crew of 3. After they dock no one greets them. The winch is broken. The lamps are clean and refilled; the table's laid for dinner. There's an upturned chair, 2 sets of yellow oilskins are missing... the 3 men have vanished. Written by Andy Evans

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Some of the films locations in South West Scotland are filmed at Scotland's most southerly point at the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse. See more »

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The dog on the island disappears during all fight scenes and also during any scene in which an additional surprise human being appears on the island. See more »

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The amateur writing is clearly evident and failed this potentially great film
8 January 2019 | by TopDawgCriticSee all my reviews

I get that this is a low budget Scottish film, but you would think at least just one of the 22 producers in this film would have complained about the plot-issue filled writing before rolling the cameras, and fine tuned the screenplay and final cut.

Actors turned first-time full length film writers Joe Bone and Celyn Jones had a great conceptual story to write a screenplay with, but they failed with the many plot issues, unanswered questions (Mercury?), unnecessary scenes and dialogue, long length, and slow pacing. Some scenes were either too long or short, too choppy or too fast.

Where this film deserves praise is Kristoffer Nyholm's directing in his first ever full length feature film. Camera angles, close-ups/distant shots and directing his cast were all on point.

Next praise goes to the outstanding score, which set the suspense and tension perfectly, and to the stunning setting visuals.

Then there were the decent performances by all cast, especially Gerard Butler, but I did have difficulty in many scenes understanding what they were saying (accent perhaps).

It's a shame such simple issues (e.g. hire a seasoned screenwriter to build on the story) weren't addressed, as I feel this film would have been near perfect. Nevertheless, still enjoyable and a well deserved 7/10 from me.


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Release Date:

4 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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$1,202,522
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