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The Vanishing (1993)



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After his girlfriend Saskia disappears at a rest stop, Rex spends the good part of three years searching for her. Finally, Saskia's abductor approaches Rex with promises of information, setting off a cat-and-mouse game that results in one of the most shocking endings of all time.

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Critic Reviews for The Vanishing

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (8)

Schematic and unconvincing.

August 12, 2007 | Full Review…

Misjudged, compromised Hollywood remake.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
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[Screenwriter Todd Graff] duplicates many of the original scenes (particularly the significant gas station ones), but does so mechanically. He jettisons most of the subtleties that made the first film so memorable.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

A case study in how Hollywood can make a complete mess out of what was previously a marvelous film.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

The first movie was existential in its merciless unfolding. This one turns into a slasher movie with a cheap joke at the end.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Too much of what is good about the original The Vanishing has been eviscerated. If you want quality, see the Dutch version; this one is a pale imitation.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Vanishing

Barney Cousins: To me, to kill is not the worst thing you can imagine. There is more.  "Obsession is the Ultimate Weapon" The Vanishing is miles from the amazing original and ends up only making me want to revisit Spoorloos. To be fair though, I didn't necessarily hate this movie until the ending. Sure it had it's problems throughout, but I pretty much expected that. The ending is sure to outrage anyone who has seen and loved the original. It's sad that, in remaking the film, they would decide to end it in the way they did. Obviously it was to appeal to a mass audience who loves a happy ending.  The cast has some pretty big names. Jeff Bridges, Keifer Sutherland and Sandra Bullock. None of them give very memorable performances and that disappoints me because I do normally enjoy watching all of them. None of them were quite as bad as Nancy Travis though. She was thoroughly unbelievable, just like the movie. Everything just seems off when compared to the original. I can see people who haven't seen Spoorloos liking this based on the fact that they have nothing to compare it to.  The Vanishing is a great example of a Hollywood team totally destroying everything that was great about the movie it is remaking. Sometimes American remakes can come through; for example Let Me In. The big difference that makes Let Me In a good remake compared to The Vanishing is that it is respectful to the original. The Vanishing changes to many key elements of the film to allow the main ideas to get across. Hopefully this at least has made a few people curious enough about the original, to find and watch it. 

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Skip this & watch the original one again, Although I was expecting the ridiculous happy-ending but it was still more ridiculous than I thought, It's a pity because I like Sutherland & Bridges

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

Super Reviewer


A thoroughly exciting psychological thriller. I haven't seen the original version of this movie made some 4-6 years before this movie by the same director with the same name, so I enjoyed it all the more. However, if you get the original one, prefer watching it as the climax has been changed and as per the reviews in general, the first one was better than this one. However, this is also worth a watch if you don't get the original. It wouldn't be advisable to miss this one if you really love movies of thriller genre.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

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