The Disappeared Reviews
(2012) The Disappeared
Entire movie taking place on a couple of row boats with paddles, three men on each boat tied to one another as viewers have to endure a whole hour and an a half of them arguing without a compass, and no food rationing as they're struggling to be found. Boring as heck, and to be honest left myself with more questions than answers, such as the time it happened.
"The surviving crew of a sunken fishing boat avoids a watery death in the North Atlantic by escaping in a pair of barges, and attempts to row for shore while battling hunger, thirst, exhaustion, and injury" RT
1 star out of 4
The movie started off in the middle of the ocean not bothering to show you their bonds, only the deteriation of them; and the end of the movie was them still rowing and then the screen fading black (not the most conclusive ending).
All in all a total waste of 87mins and neither my mother not I would recommend this movie to our worst enemy.
I had a film in the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in France, and while there I was invited to come and see The Disappeared. I didn't know anything about the film going in, and I want anyone reading here to have the same experience, so I won't give anything away about the plot other than what is obvious from the poster :) 6 men, shipwrecked hundreds of miles from land in the North Atlantic, and trying to survive in 2 lifeboats on dwindling rations.
The power of this film is in its subtleties. Each of the 6 men have their own lives, hopes, and demons that they bring into the lifeboats. Some of those are in harmony with those of the other men...and some are not. Because the characters (and the camera) are bound to the lifeboats and the lifeboats alone, the film is persistently intense and focused. The imagery alone is haunting enough, but as time passes and the tension of the film increases, it becomes riveting. You want to look away, but you can't. By the end of the film, you feel as though you are in the boat with them.
Go see it!
It's important not to go into it expecting flashy, fast-paced action like you see in a lot of oceanic survival movies. This movie exists to tell a story. The story of six men who represent every man lost at sea, fishing or not. Anyone who has any connection to the sea, whether it's through a family member, a friend or a childhood home needs to see this movie.
It takes a certain kind of person to enjoy movies like this. It does not distract from the story with clear obstacles, high-budgeted effects or any unnecessary information. Despite that, it's far from lifeless. Shandi Mitchell captured a terrifying realism in her depictions of the open water and the characters surviving on top of it.
The Disappeared takes you into a different head space, giving you plenty of time to pause and think. Like the characters, you are left reflecting on what is happening, and what that means for the future. The performances of the actors leave nothing left to be wanted, and Shawn Doyle took home the ACTRA award to prove it.
Remove yourself from the space of Hollywood jumble. Let The Disappeared show you a real and awe-inspiring story that you can never forget.
This is a very good movie. It is realistic to a fault and anyone familiar with the East Coast and the life of seafarers will be awestruck.
The unfolding saga of six fishermen from a lost schooner takes place in two dories.
The challenges, both physical and mental are spellbinding; from weather, thirst, hunger, fatigue, the disheartening feeling of being totally lost in an endless oceanâ¦ this is a breathtaking film.
The relationships between the six men run through a roller coaster of raw emotions; camaraderie, loyalty, friendshipâ¦ the characters are phenomenally well portrayed.
This film just nails it. Strikingly realistic and one of the most intriguing endings I've ever seen.