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‘The Vanishing Act,’ a movie about flight MH370, has a trailer

The film no-one wanted or asked for is here: meet The Vanishing Act.  


Rob Price


Posted on May 19, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 7:08 am CDT

The brainchild of Indian director Rupesh Paul (visionary mastermind behind such modern classics as Karmasutra 3D), The Vanishing Act is a dramatisation of the recent disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

After the aircraft lost contact with air traffic control on a commercial flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March, the media, the Internet, and the entire world was overcome with fevered speculation as to its whereabouts.

Theories ranged from hijacking to technical faults or even suicidal intentions by the pilot. The more conspiratorial (and unhinged) suggested it might have been part of a ploy by the Rothschilds and other shadowy “New World Order” figures to gain control of semiconductor patents, or perhaps an Israeli false-flag operation.

All we currently know for sure is that the “black box” distress signals have been detected at the bottom of the Indian Ocean—and with it, presumably, the wreckage of the aircraft and the bodies of the unfortunate 239 passengers and crew members.

But now we can pack away our submarines and Sea Hawk reconnaissance choppers, and speculate no longer, because Rupesh Paul has the answer!

Billing itself as “the untold story of the vanished Malaysian flight,” the one minute and 33 second teaser trailer shows passionate embraces between crew members and passengers, firearms and unknown forces shaking the aircraft, in a dramatic retelling of the very recent tragedy.

It is “partly a work of fiction,” Paul admits—lest his audience is fooled into thinking that he alone actually knows exactly what happened on that ill-fated flight and he’s revealing it to the world as an act of public service, rather than just trying to make a quick buck off of hundreds of families’ unimaginable ongoing suffering.

The plot is apparently based on the theories of an unknown Malaysian “journalist” who contacted Paul after MH370 disappeared.

The Vanishing Act has not yet been made: The trailer was recently released in Cannes film festival as part of efforts to find financial backers for the project, and was filmed over six days in a park aerobus in Bombay, India, the Latin Post reports.

Film adaptations of recent and sometimes tragic events can be done with tact and grace. United 93, the true story of passengers resilience during the hijacking of a plane 9/11, proved that, receiving overwhelming acclaim from critics and viewers alike.

The Vanishing Act will likely not be one of these. Case in point: Flight MH370 was a Boeing 777. The plane in the trailer is very clearly a 747. They couldn’t even be bothered to get the type of plane right.

H/T Variety/YouTube | Screenshot via YouTube

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*First Published: May 19, 2014, 2:59 pm CDT