Worst. Movie. Ever.
Michelle Burgess | gilbert, AZ | 05/17/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Laughably bad. I can't believe that anyone has given this more than one star; I'd give it a zero if I could. These are good actors but the plot, the script and Jeff Bridges' ridiculous accent are so bad they're funny. I would say that this is one of the five worst movies I have ever seen in my life. Makes "Howard the Duck" seem Oscar-worthy."
Another remake bit the dust
MauricioD | 12/21/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Look up instead 'The Vanishing' (1988), George Sluizer, dir. Cast: Gene Bervoets, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Johanna ter Steege, Gwen Eckhaus
Cannot imagine that anyone would prefer or bother with director Sluizer's inferior 1993 remake (Kiefer Sutherland, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock and Nancy Travis in the role originally played by Gwen Eckhaus).
In France, Rex Hofman (Bervoets) and Saskia Wagter (ter Steege), a young couple like so many others, return home to Holland; stopping at a rest area, Saskia goes into the store. She does not come back. Rex sets out on an obsessive search, desperately seeking for information in France and Holland. The three-year investigation eventually draws the attention of her abductor.
Raymond Lemorne (Donnadieu), a respected educator and family man with wife, Simone (Bernadette Le Sache) and two children, to all appearances a normal individual, is a calculating sociopath. Raymond contacts Rex, promising to reveal what happened to Saskia. So begins Rex's terrifying ordeal. Raymond leads him and the movie audience along a psychological pursuit that builds steadily, intense, chilling and as unsettling as any.
Director Sluizer made us care about what became of Saskia, where she was, which is why we understand the circumstances that made Rex restrain himself from inflicting violence against Raymond. And we do learn about Sakia's fate, at the end, because the revelation matters. The alternate resolution in the remake, too conventional for its own good, does not.