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The Disappeared 2008

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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Genres Drama
Director Greg Wise, Alex Jennings
Starring Julian Richards, Johnny Kevorkian
Studio Soda Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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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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Yet another film that i've been moved to purchase on the strength of Amazon reviews; which are - by and large - reasonably accurate indicators.

It is refreshing to see British film-making actually breaking out of the tried-and-tested rom-com or rags-to-riches comedies. Overall I was very impressed with the film, not least with the two leads' performances and the muted-palette cinematography. Also pleasing to see it was largely shot on my old estate the Heygate in Elephant & Castle; the imposing slate grey monolith further lends itself to Matthew's isolation and already fragile mental state.

However, and I may get slated for this, I found Amy's character to be rather grating and affected. Nice little back story mind but I daresay the role could have been brought to life by another actress.

I wouldn't go as far as to call it a horror, more a supernatural chiller with a couple of jumpy moments and an ominous undertone.

Still, I was rather disappointed with the 'reveal', i'm not quite sure what I was expecting but it for me it felt tacked-on and out of place with the well-developed preceding hour. Still, overall, it is a decent film well worth a watch.
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excellently creepy film - moody and atmospheric with just enough jumpy moments to ratchet up the tension steadily. Really well acted too.Greg Wise is a revelation as the grim father, steely on the surface with hints of anger and violence simmering underneath. Harry Treadaway brings authenticity to the role of fragile teenager trying to deal with grief, guilt and the growing possibility that he is either mad or haunted. The muted lighting adds to the sense of bleakness and menace. Altogether a very classy Brit chiller.
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The Director Johnny Kevorkian has made a good start if this IS his first Feature Film as Harry Treadaway said in the Good Host of Extras that accompany this film that include a Behind the Scenes Look, A Horror Featurette and some other bits worth a look. The film basically is about Matthew (Harry Treadaway-Method Actor) released from a Psychiatric Hospital into his fathers care after a few years having had presumably a breakdown after his young brother Toms disappearance which Matthew blames himself for, as does his father Jake who is played by the brilliant Greg Wise.
The two live together in Jakes flat but may as well be in separate homes as they rarely talk, such is the feelings of guilt,sadness,sorrow,blame and almost animosity for each other.
Matt meets a young girl neighbour Amy (Ros Leeming)and they befriend each other through the film, she later points HIM in the direction of a medium who she believes may help him with his recurring nightmares AND daymares of hearing his brothers voice calling him. Tom Felton plays Matthews best friend Simon (whose own sister goes missing in the film) and shows that he has left Draco Malfoy far behind him which shows what a good young actor HE is because a lesser one may have been tarnished with that particular brush for the remainder of his acting life.Of course Treadaway steals the acting honours as he insisted on being buried alive in one scene, for the sake of reality but I will say NO more of the plot to save giving it away save to say the film as a WHOLE is very good and well woth a look.
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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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