The Vanishing (1993)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1993.  .  Screenplay by , based on the novel The Golden Egg by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by . Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

American remakes of foreign films are hardly ever as good as their originals, but in this case the insult is further compounded by the fact that the director of the original Dutch version (with the same title) remade this ridiculously lame version himself.   and girlfriend Sandra Bullock stop at a service station in the middle of a road trip, she announcing that she’s going to the bathroom and will be right back. When she doesn’t come back after a few hours, he begins to believe that she’s been kidnapped. His investigation leads him right into the hands of a psychotic madman (Jeff Bridges) who likes to do this to young women for fun. Unfortunately, all the terror has been zapped out of director George Sluizer’s original by a whiny script that insists on changing the ending (by the most ridiculous means possible) and going easy on the bad guys, leaving everyone in the film looking like giant idiots.

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