The Vanishing Of Sidney Hall (2017)

Plot: After a famous author mysteriously disappears, a detective sets out on a road trip to track him down.

Director: Shawn Christensen

Starring: Logan Lerman, Elle Fanning, Michelle Monaghan, Blake Jenner, Margaret Qualley, Kyle Chandler.

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It’s well plotted out but can often feel slow. There’s more than one timeline in this film which keeps it interesting. One issue I had was the character development. The story is told as Logan Lerman’s character Sidney Hall is in high school right up until he’s old. Logan Lerman plays all versions of his character and I just don’t think it worked. As much as I love Logan Lerman, he looks too young. He plays a married man in his 30s and he just doesn’t look it. It doesn’t feel believable. He still passes for a 20-year-old.

Overall, I enjoyed my viewing experience. I wouldn’t watch it again as it’s not as entertaining as it could be but it’s hard not to be invested in these characters’ lives and their outcomes. It’s a film with a real dark side. It becomes chilling at times.


Another issue that I had, was that the story revolved around Sidney Hall’s first novel and the contents in which it depicted but we never learn the contents of this book. I continued to watch because I was waiting to find out what was written in it, what was so controversial and great but it’s never revealed. It’s frustrating and kind of feels like the film was just playing with us. In order for the story to progress, I think the contents needed to be revealed.

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