THE VANISHING takes one of the old British enigmas as the starting point of the plot – in 1900 three lighthouse keepers disappeared on Flannan Island, and so that no trace was left. Such a story that is overgrown with a bunch of theories and speculations. Some of them are pulling to the level of aliens, others look more or less realistic, like problems with pirates.
Scenario by Joe Bouna and Selina Jones takes the story to 1938 and puts forward own hypothesis, where there is no place for green aliens and eerie ghosts. It all starts with the departure of three men on a six-week shift to the island.
The gray, colorless entourage of the leaden sea was chosen by the director for the opening remarks. The characters do not have a lyrical mood. The coastal stones by the rocks to the water, the poverty of emotions in the eyes, the sailors’ jackets aggravate the overall impression. Ascetic minimalism creator recreated very convincingly. The characters like a continuation of the surrounding landscape.
Before watching the movie I just hear about this strange case but did not know details. But after watching it, I read several hypotheses of what had happened on the mysterious island. I must say right away that the authors of the film took as their basis only the very fact of the disappearance, all the rest is fiction. Do not be mistaken that this is a real story.
The film is not a thriller at all, as the action is restrained, there is no speed, it is a film about human emotions.
I liked the movie. I liked everything except the finale. Well, I could not believe it. Minimum action, maximum quality visual images, and psychology. And it may like only those who are interested in human destinies, decisions that we make in life, and who like human emotions.
One would like to insert more sharp moments into a pretty successful plot, then the film would sparkle with more vivid emotions because the actors with their restraint more resemble polar explorers who sat on the iceberg.
Despite the scarcity of nature, Nyholm showed beautiful and harsh landscapes of Scotland at the same time, penetrating the picture with cold winds and dank weather. You know, the sharply sharpened cliffs, the restless sea, sunny, but still very cold days in the film – everything is beautiful but frighteningly scary. As if nothing good could happen on this island…