The Vanishing seems truly troubled by its action violence in a way that many similar thrillers aren’t.
Director Anders Thomas Jensen’s empathy for his characters gradually impedes his imagination.
It stages its claims through clunky dramaturgical scenarios, with the seams exposed at every turn.
Regardless of how you rate Captain Phillips, this is the Greengrassian antidote, plumbing enormous tension by resisting precisely the kind of sensationalism that seems to be the siren’s call for this kind of story.
Tobias Lindholm’s hostage-negotiation drama wields its verité style for maximum tension.