#REVIEW: “THE DISAPPEARED”
The Disappeared is a Story which needed to be told. Often when we are so immersed in Americana and its inundation on the Canadian consciousness, we often overlook the talent within. After making its way through the Canadian Film Festival Circuit, it now is unveiled for the Public to enjoy.
Directed and written by Shandi Mitchell, the Drama centers on six Men whom are stranded on on the north Atlantic Ocean after their Fishing Boat sinks, leaving them lost and stranded. Without much food or drinkable water – tragic, considering they are surrounded by a salty, polluted Ocean – they find themselves both fighting to survive and as their bodies weaken and their minds become exhausted. The Film examines the psyches of these group of close-knit Men as despair grows. That considered, we wonder whether their internal battles will be the cause of their demise and whether under the grim circumstances they will be able to find again that spirit of camaraderie they need to unite.
Without much technical trickery or elaborate backdrops, The Disappeared is dependent almost completely on its talented Ensemble of familiar faces and what is a tight, cohesive Story. Shawn Doyle as Pete, the Harpoon Striker, shines bright amidst the gray hues, as does Brian Downey as Captain Gerald completely submerged in the role. Billy Campbell as Mannie, First Mate, gives us emotional range as he physically is tested perhaps more than any other.
The Disappeared opens in Toronto at Carlton Cinema on Friday, November 1, 2013.