The Disappearance has the trappings of a worthy series, but it never comes together in a way that feels essential, which is a shame. For some crime show fans, The Disappearance will provide just enough in terms of twists and potential interest to be worth watching in the background or without the need to engage more deeply.
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Apr 23, 2019Unadventurous but enjoyable
When Anthony Sullivan (Michael Riendeau) disappears on his tenth birthday, his family is devastated. However,Unadventurous but enjoyable
When Anthony Sullivan (Michael Riendeau) disappears on his tenth birthday, his family is devastated. However, as more and more time passes without the police being able to locate him, long-buried family secrets are dragged to the surface, turning the Sullivan family against one another.
A journeyman show, The Disappearance is very much paint-by-numbers stuff, with nothing you haven't before seen in half-a-dozen similar narratives, with writers Normand Daneau and Geneviève Simard taking no real risks. Having said that, however, it's a well-made piece of television. Confidently directed by Peter Stebbings, the material may offer nothing revelatory, but what it does offer is enjoyable enough on its own terms. An excellent Peter Coyote dominates the show as Anthony's grandfather, Henry, a retired judge with a strained relationship (to say the least) with his son, Luke (Aden Young), Anthony's father. As the veneer of civility slowly erodes, the fissures running beneath the family dynamic begin to erupt, with blame and recrimination becoming the central tenets of familial interaction. You may guess half-way through who the kidnapper is, and yes, they're one of those Hollywood kidnappers who leave cryptic clues everywhere, but this remains a well-made, if unadventurous, show.… Full Review »