‘Vanished Into the Night’ review: A mediocre Netflix thriller that fails to use its greatest advantage

BARI, ITALY: Annabelle Wallis, known for her role in “Peaky Blinders” and “The Mummy”, stars alongside Riccardo Scamarcio in an Italian thriller film titled “Vanished Into the Night”.

Directed by Renato De Maria, the film premiered on Netflix on July 11, 2024 and follows the strained relationship between Pietro, a man seeking redemption for bad choices in the past, and his wife Elena, who moved from America to Italy to start a new . life

As Elena begins to miss her career, family, and friends back in America, she decides to return, leading to a brutal custody battle that takes a dark turn when their children are kidnapped.

‘Vanished Into the Night’ is prey to a sluggish pace

Riccardo Scamarcio in a photo film by
Riccardo Scamarcio in photo shoot of “Vanished Into the Night” (@netflix)

The plot of the film is interesting. When their children disappear into thin air one night, you’re in for a big mystery. But as the film progresses, the pace becomes strangely slow, especially for a man racing against time to save his children.

The film suffers from a lack of character development, making it difficult for viewers to connect with the characters.

Additionally, it reveals its twist too early and gently, leading to a lackluster finish.

Finally, the film falls short of delivering the nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat tension that a good thriller should provide.

‘Vanished into the Night’ is a one-off watch at best

Annabelle Wallis as Elena in
Annabelle Wallis as Elena in “Vanished Into the Night” (@netflix)

“Vanished Into the Night” is supported by good performances. Riccardo Scamarcio convincingly portrays a father in anguish, desperate to reunite with his children and willing to go to any lengths, with his emotions clearly visible on screen.

Annabelle Wallis excels as Elena, capturing her character’s anger, despair, and transformative moments with precision.

The film makes no use of Italy’s scenic beauty and follows a dark tone throughout. And thus, the film misses the opportunity to offer a cinematic experience.

The film has its good moments, especially in scenes where the couple fight over custody and when Pietro’s determination for his children shines through. However, as a thriller, it falls short and could have benefited from better execution.

For viewers looking for a thriller that doesn’t require a lot of thought, this movie might be enough. But for those looking for a truly immersive experience, it might be best to skip this one.

“Vanished Into the Night” is now available to stream on Netflix.

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