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The Disappeared (2008)


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Still haunted by the disappearance of his younger brother many years ago, a troubled teen returns to live with his father in London and embarks on a chilling journey to discover what grim fate truly befell his long-missing sibling. Matthew was supposed to be watching Tom the evening that the young boy vanished without a trace, but the passing of years has done little to assuage the older sibling's profoud feelings of grief and loss. Now, as Matthew settles into his father's rundown London loft

May 18, 2010

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Johnny Kervorkian sets up the film nicely, but by the end, your worst fears are realised when it climaxes in the most anodyne way possible.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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I found the plot uneven and awkwardly paced but have to admit the scares are solid.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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A complicated family dynamic is the point of departure for The Disappeared, part horror movie, part psychological study.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters

While it may miss an opportunity here or there, The Disappeared is an eerie, entertaining effort.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters

The Disappeared makes you jump once or twice, but it's a dubiously overcooked horror-thriller.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Despite a few cliches and a slightly predictable climax, this is an atmospheric, well-made feature debut for the new filmmaking partnership of Kevorkian and Murphy.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

The film is let down by inauthentic dialogue and plotting that unravels rather embarrassingly in the final reel. But the tension is well sustained and Treadaway's performance is full of pallid intensity.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

This feature is a little rough around the edges, but Kevorkian has mobilised a top-notch cast and his story delivers more than a few shivers.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian

With ambition to spare and a talent for shocks and surprises worthy of seasoned directors, Kevorkian has revived the spirits of those who thought the English ghost story was dead.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

While there's a good leading performance, after about half an hour you may notice your ability to give a damn also disappearing.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Treadaway is the only good thing about this film, which dwells on the uncertainty of Matt's mental state for too long before jarring towards an OTT ending.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Johnny Kevorkian makes a promising debut with The Disappeared, a slow-burning tale of the supernatural that makes effective use of some atmospheric London locations and a well cast Harry Treadaway.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Extremely atmospheric and genuinely creepy, this is a well crafted, sharply written British chiller with a terrific central performance from Harry Treadaway.

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

moody transposition of a classic psychological thriller/ghost story to the unlikely but effective setting of a London council estate.

September 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Comment (1)
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Impressively acted, this gritty British Thriller is a realist tale of abduction with a thin line between sanity and insanity.

The film is not without it's flaws, but with a well played role by Harry Treadaway an up and coming young Actor, low budget Independant film which has it's predictable moments but that makes the film seem natural as if a true story.
December 21, 2010

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Cast: Tom Felton, Harry Treadaway, Ros Leeming, Greg Wise, Alex Jennings, Finlay Robertson, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Georgia Groome, Lewis Lempereur Palmer, Jefferson Hall

Director: Johnny Kevorkian

Summary: When he begins having disturbing visions of his missing brother, Tom, teenager Matthew (Harry Treadaway) tries to understand what's happening. By bravely reopening old wounds from the past, Matthew discovers frightening horrors that must be dealt with immediately. This British psychological horror film also stars Tom Felton as Matthew's best friend, Simon, and Ros Leeming as trusting next-door neighbor Amy.

My Thoughts: "I liked it, didn't love it. I wouldn't consider this a horror film, not even a thriller really. I'd say it's more of a supernatural drama. The acting is good enough. It started off a little slow but as it went along it was kind of like a novel that you can't put down. Its a pretty straightforward ghost story that doesn't really break any new ground, but I was definitely drawn into it. Its a well-done low-budget film. Worth taking a look at."
August 26, 2010

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The Disappeared quite ingeniously tries to blend the Sixth Sense with a murder mystery, but first time Writer/Director, Johnny Kavorkian, takes a big chance by adding a surprise ending, that just destroys anything the film had going for it. When Matt Ryan's (Harry Treadway) little brother disappears, he loses his mind. Upon returning to his home, he starts hearing and seeing his missing brother. Matt feels his brother his trying to tell him something and decides to follow the clues. The story here was actually pretty good, but the film moves at an absolute snails pace, felling well longer than 96 minutes. This is one of those films where they put everything on the surprise ending and save all the good stuff for the lead into it. The problem is that the surprise ending was lame and didn't make a whole lot of sense. There is a lot of symbolism in this film that doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but the ending really just brings it all to a head. British actor, Harry Treadway is the lead and he was really amazing. Treadway manages to mix the depression associated with his brother's disappearance, the feeling that he's losing his mind, and the drive of a man on a mission, resulting in a great performance in an otherwise dull film. The Disappeared had a lot of potential and a unique story, but it moves so slowly that most people will lose interest well before it falls apart at the end.
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