Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson (1996)

Dudley Moore Movie #11

Synopsis: Remember that 1980s show, A Current Affair? How would you like to watch a two-hour episode, with guest appearances from Pierce Brosnan, James Coburn and good old Dudley? 

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Kevin Johnson was living the dream: beautiful women, a million-dollar home and a Hollywood movie, set to roll. This was a man with no reason to leave town. And yet, he’s vanished into thin air.” 

What Did I Learn?: If you really want to disappear without drawing any attention to yourself, secretly purchase two identical cars with similar license plate numbers, and leave one of them in plain sight in your driveway as you make your escape in the other.


Really?: So wait, we’re supposed to believe this guy Kevin Johnson was some sort of wealthy high-flyer, and the documentary never once shows us any video footage of the man, or even a photo to show what he looked like? Come on... 

Rating: I wanted to like The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson a bit more than I did. Presented in "mockumentary" format, the movie is cleverly-written, compelling (at least for awhile), and surprisingly good despite an obviously low budget, and no stars, except for three cameos. Aside from some bad acting, the biggest problem with TDKJ is that it never really goes anywhere, and the viewer is never given a reason to care about Kevin Johnson, one way or the other. 6.5/10 stars.

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