The Disappeared 2008

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Matthew is returning home to his London estate after months spent in a mental asylum following the disappearance of his little brother.

Starring:
Julian Richards,Johnny Kevorkian
Runtime:
1 hour, 32 minutes

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The Disappeared

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Genres Drama
Director Greg Wise, Alex Jennings
Starring Julian Richards, Johnny Kevorkian
Studio Soda Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett on 25 Feb. 2010
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Matthew Ryan(Harry Treadaway) is recovering from a nervous breakdown, following the disappearance of his younger brother Tom. He returns home to the council estate where he lives with his father. Both are struggling to cope with the loss of the child, and barely talk to eachother. To make matters worse when Matthew puts on a video with news footage of Tom's disappearance, he hears his brother calling out his name. His father refuses to believe him, as does his best friend Simon. So thankfully, theres help at hand from next door neighbour Amy(Ros Leeming), who not only offers a sympathetic ear, but also points Matthew in the direction of Psychic Shelley Cartright. He visits her, and is warned that the area the council estate was built on is a cursed area. Are these events a terrible forewarning of events past, present and future or is Matthew in desperate need of medical treatment?
In an interview with the director included as an extra on the dvd, he compares his film to American blockbusters such as The Omen and Rosemary's Baby. I see more in common with the modern European and Asian horror film. It certainly tries to provide a few 'jump out of you seat' moments, and for the most part it succeeds. It certainly is quite a derivative film, drawing inspiration from films such as Ringu, The Orphanage, The Sixth Sense and What Lies Beneath. One very successful aspect for me, was the ambiguity present in the story, as for quite a while the viewer is unsure of whether the events are really happening or figments of Matthew's fragile mind.
It does take a while to get used to Treadaway's very twitchy, physical performance in the lead role, but other performers really shine, notably Greg Wise as Matthew's dad, quite a revelation and Alex Jennings as concerned youth worker Adrian Ballan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pandora on 16 Jun. 2010
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A very impressive debut feature by a new film making team of Kervorkian and Murphy. The idea of setting a contemporary ghost story on a housing estate is novel and makes a change from stately homes, conjuring up all the desolate horror of nightmarish urban planning. This film has the sensibility of British classics such as "Don't Look Now" and "The Turn of the Screw" with the plot hinging on the fate of a lost child and the possibility that it is all happening in the mind of the protagonist. Harry Treadaway in the lead puts in a brilliant performance and is definitely one to watch and is admirably supported by Greg Wise, Tom Felton and Alex Jennings - a veritable line up of British acting talent, both up and coming and established.
There are some real moments of terror and evocative cinematography. It is not without it's flaws but these are vastly outweighed by the strong storytelling and conviction of performances. A really accomplished picture that lingers in the mind, all the more so for being shot on a tight budget.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ghoulem on 30 Mar. 2011
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I write very few reviews but this picture is one that I enjoyed so much I needed to write one. For those with little patience the first five or ten minutes are slow and then the story starts to bring you in to this family's tragedy. The story of Matthew and what happened to his younger brother is compelling. You really feel for this kid and most of the people in his life. There is plenty here for a ghost story lover and a mystery buff as well, the cast does a wonderful job and it was a pleasure to watch a movie that didn't rely on a lot of sudden sounds for scare effects. I will be looking for more films by these filmmakers. Top Notch! Bob C
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 4 Feb. 2014
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After a tragic accident, and a stay at mental health unit, Matthew returns to his home with his father, and the disappearance of his brother still looming over them.

Matthew watches a few tapes of appeals and soon, starts to hear his brother calling him and sees I'm from afar.

He appeals to his father, but he seems to blame him for his brothers disappearance, after all, he was supposed to be looking after him, but had a party and let him go to the playground.

So Matthew is trying to rebuild his life, and although his friends and his councillor support him, he cannot let go. And neither can his brother.......

It's really well acted, and the lead is phenomenal, as is the actor playing his father. And although nothing really happens throughout the film to shock, the build up and the brooding atmosphere of the tower block keeps you interested.

The best aspect of the film is the relationship between Matthew and his father. Both are really to blame for the boys disappearance, but both know this and have ammunition for one another. The father is the type with a short temper, and he at times seems like he is going to explode.

The final third lets the side down a little though, going for the old serial killer routine and although some of the twists are really obvious from the start (Amy for one is the most obvious) it does try to treat the viewer as intelligent being rather than a gore hound.

The serial killer side of the film was hopefully just for absolution for the missing boy, but it really does feel out of place here.

But other than that, it's an amazing piece of cinema with two wonderful performances from the two leads.
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