Monday, January 25, 2010
From the Roku: The Vanishing (1988)
This movie is most famous for its gut punch of an ending. And for good reason. The movie as a whole is nice little mystery/thriller/psychological examination-not only of a sociopath, but also an examination of obsession. In a sense, the narrative is odd, but all the loose ends are tied up, one way or the other, in the end. Its really simple too: a man's girlfriend disappears without a trace at a rest stop on a trip through France. The movie leaves both the viewer and main character Rex in the dark over what happened to his girlfriend. Although, he meets the man who took her, he is still unsure whether she is dead or alive. When Rex agrees to take a sleeping pill in order to find out what really happened, he awakens to have all his questions answered. Man...that ending. Darkly affecting and cruelly ironic. Amazing.