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The Vanishing

The Vanishing
Sandra Bullock, Kiefer Sutherland, Nancy Travis and Jeff Bridges

Rated: R For some violence.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: February 5, 1993 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

When Diane Shaver (Sandra Bullock) disappears on a clear, sunny day she leaves an obsessed boyfriend Jeff Harriman (Kiefer Sutherland), searching for her. After three years of searching, Jeff meets a strong willed waitress, Rita (Nancy Travis) who slowly begins to move his mind away from his obsession. Within a short time Barney (Jeff Bridges), who is responsible for the disappearance contacts Jeff. Now Rita must begin her search for Jeff.

This is Hitchcock stuff handled rather well by Dutch director George Sluizer in his first English-language film. Bridges plays a psychotic killer who, unlike DeNiro in Cape Fear, is a thinking college professor who calculates each move and controls his victims with logic and persuasion. Bridges even walks, moves and acts as an alien, as he did in "Starman". His performance is flawless as a thinking yet bungling kidnapper.

Using little gore and a great deal of tension, Sluizer defines the mystery of Diane's disappearance. Once the trip has begun, the audience, like Jeff, is drawn into his web until the mystery is resolved.

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