The Vanishing (2018) - Crime, Mystery, Thriller

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Three lighthouse keepers on the remote Flannan Isles find a hidden trunk of gold, leading to their mysterious disappearance.

IMDB: 5.8
Director: Kristoffer Nyholm
Stars: Peter Mullan, Gerard Butler
Length: 107 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 29 out of 142 found boring (20.42%)

One-line Reviews (118)

no special effects just plain good old fashioned acting (good actually) and an ending kind of predictable, still enjoyable (again if you like tragedies).

The plot is predictable as it is a basic people-torn-apart-by-a-dark-secret-and/or-greed-story that doesn't do anything to set it apart from its predecessors, such as The Treasure of Sierra Madre and Shallow Grave.

Raw, cold, and emotionally engaging.

There were a few good intense scenes, storyline was okay.

A thrilling watch, based on a true story and a theory, it had us talking for ages afterwards.

This movie is a great suspenseful film, has a great cast with considerable acting ability and is well produced in a beautiful setting.

Stunning acting from seasoned actors Tom Mullan and Gerard Butler also adds the power of the film which has this charming cinematography.

Action packed .

Gripping Thriller .

Boring movie.

Gripping watch .

It's fine, it's no classic, but cerebral and engaging.

The first act of 'The Vanishing (2018)' is honestly pretty slow, lacking in the build-up or tension required to really make stuff like this successful.

it gets kind of boring after the first act.

It's a story that's been told before so that's what makes the ending predictable, which is a shame as it would have been a fine film otherwise for the formulaic ending.

It is worth the watch.

Waste of time .

Save your money and see something else.

I'm giving it 10 stars because the acting is superb, sets, costumes and locations beautiful, the story is dark and compelling.

Nevertheless, still enjoyable and a well deserved 7/10 from me.

One of the worst movie ever.

Cold Psycho-Drama with Thrilling Tension .

You definitely care about the characters (in my humble opinion), plus to me there is something intriguing about life in a light-house and how it might affect people and their behaviour.

It's a film for those who love films with slow plots and blur endings.

The performances are also flawless and riveting.

Intense and holds your interest right from the start.

Sad, depressing film that's worth the watch.

Way to slow and gets booring.

This film was so slow it was painful to watch I actually set the movie on 2X speed and it seemed better.

This slow empty causes a dark cloud to become another player with a strong presence.

Took an intriguing mystery and removed all mystery.

While the ending made sense and was quite foreseeable, the beginning of the third act was a little bit confusing.

Therefore, while it's generally engaging and enjoyable, the experience is never exactly suspenseful or, even, all that compelling.

This way it also wouldn't have felt too slow at times.

If you like a slow burning drama filmed in very few locations with fewer actors, then the story may prove interesting enough together with the great performances.

Initially intriguing but ultimately predictable .

The tension built slowly but surely and it had an unpredictable outcome.

All I can say, is what a missed opportunity this was to make this into a truly engrossing movie.

Much of the film is the mundane relationship the men had and their daily chores.

Gripping drama, well acted.

Definitely an intense and interesting concept, and it was based on a true story.

Life's too short to waste your time on crap like this.

Keepers) is a slow burn.

The story starts off very slow, but once the story kicks in, it is very engaging.

Boring .

This movie comes up with a sordid, suspenseful tale of what happened to them.

The cast was boring with the characters.

Slow and boring .


It is indeed a tad slow, but all in all well worth watching and see what you think..!

This story is about all people on the edge.


Taking a true life mystery and providing a very suspenseful tale of greed and murder is compelling.

Worst movie ever .

Peter does his best to be the voice of reason with their unpredictable behavior.

Starring the brilliant Peter Mullan as elderly lighthouse keeper Thomas Marshall, Gerard Butler as experienced keeper James Ducat and Connor Swindells as upstart Donald McCarthur, Kristoffer Nyholm's bleak and grey coloured thriller places a capable cast in a somewhat predictable affair that sadly eschews mystery in favour of a more predictable and by the numbers affair featuring gold, insanity and cold blooded murder.

This one is lame, slow, irritating and senseless.

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.

Whacking emotion through a touch of cold psycho-drama, as well as spurring adrenaline with high tension in some scenes (typical thriller films), The Vanishing is an emotional play by combining uneasy feelings of anxiety and fear!

Story contrived from conspiracy theory .

Boring,slow and depressing for some, drama lovers may find it interesting.

I personally can attest that this is a really boring movie ...

Boring, dull, and a waste of good talent.

Good story, gripping.

Based on the true Flannan Isles mystery that saw three lighthouse keepers mysteriously disappear in 1900 without a trace, The Vanishing (formally known as The Keepers) creates an intriguing narrative with an experienced cast that once more showcases that greed is never good.

To end it the way they did left me with and empty feeling.

The first few acts are intriguing but it quickly becomes a long drawn out tale which has a few twists and turns along the way but ultimately the ending is disappointingly predictable.

While I agree with many reviews that it's slow and that the third act is a bit contrieved, it was still good entertainment.

A bit slow to start with, but then builds into a quite gripping and fairly original drama which keeps you guessing and asks some interesting questions about the nature of greed and mistrust.

Gripping thriller.

But their performances are dull and boring.

Tense and gripping from that moment on I really enjoyed the movie and the ripple effect of every action there after makes.

The problem with Nyholm's film is that despite the mystery on which the film is based upon, Vanishing plays out in a mostly predictable and rather dour way, there's little flair or surprising plot developments to be found once the films key plot point is developed in the form of some washed up gold bars, which is a shame as much tension and intrigue could've been mined for the story and the audience had Nyholm chosen to keep things a little less by the numbers.

I still enjoyed it for what it was.

What a boring, stupid, idiotic film.

Extremely boring and slow .

The story was dull.

This is an intense, gripping, haunting, and well scripted movie - ignore the negative reviews .

Despite some strange editing and pacing, the piece is relatively entertaining once it gets going.

The idea was good and had lots of promise but it just dragged along and seemed to give up with no clear ending...

Brilliant actinf, dark, intense and sad.

Gripping, tense, a must see.

The story and maybe the direction do not have a good pace in drawing the viewer in, this movie already lets you know the people involved - went missing, so what is the point of this slow paced and predictable film, sorry I found it to fall into the same stuff that has become the norm, it explains why going to movie theaters has declined, what is the point.

I found it a bit slow.

Intense true story .

To slow .

intense .

Stunning scenery.. I felt I was walking on the cliffs.

This was unwatchable

The only reason I watched this was for Gerard Butler phenomenal actor but I regret watching any of this a new definition of boring

This movie was gripping, horrifying and thrilling all at the same time.

Although the story isn´t the very best, it serves as good entertainment at a slow and steady pace.

I think my biggest gripe with the film is how slow it is...

Very slow movie.

Boring .

Can't even call it arty, it's just plain dull.

A very fanciful hypothesis on what may have happened on the islet, but quite riveting nonetheless.

Excellent acting, boring movie.

The slow burn storytelling adds a great deal of suspense as we ourselves examine and analyze what could happen, what I also loved is that through the film itself is dealing with a moral problem as its characters struggle to cope with their new situations, it is really beautiful to watch.

A violent swing of events in the final third doesn't completely hold together, but a very fascinating drama nonetheless.

), unnecessary scenes and dialogue, long length, and slow pacing.

This was so boring and you'd be much better off sleeping for two hours.

Whether it's a Fallen film, Geostorm or submarine bore Hunter Killer, the last few years have not been kind to the one time Hollywood A-lister, with blame falling squarely at the actor who was clearly not pushing himself out of his comfort zone.

The Vanishing is a dull, boring, and pointless psychological thriller film about three men following their shift at a lighthouse.

An engaging story .

Yes, it is indeed a slow film...

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

The director of "Taboo", a very intriguing premise, good mix of genres, pretty high metascore & Gerrard Butler - of course I had to watch this!

Maybe needed some more tweeking but you'll find it enjoyable enough.

The start is slow.

These characters were boring.

The answer a brilliant cast, a stab at answering the mystery for themselves and a few unexpected twists and turns along the way.

This movie takes a stab at an explanation which is to say I doubt it is the actual turn of events, yet it's compelling.

It's more absorbing than this movie.

Enjoyable thriller, worth a watch.

Builds to a steady finale and worth watching.

Waste of time

Worth watching.