Someone missed the memo about what is and isn't grossly inappropriate: Filmmaker Rupesh Paul has made a movie about Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. The Vanishing Act, which will be promoted at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival in France, has spawned a lot of completely justifiable criticism since the trailer hit YouTube. Considering the plane has yet to be found, and the families of the victims are still grappling with this situation — and even going on a hunger strike over a lack of information — we'd guess criticism is completely warranted.
Rupesh Paul Productions is promoting The Vanishing Act among buyers at the Cannes Film Festival, and the movie poster promises to tell “the untold story” of the missing plane, according to NBC News. Yet NBC also reports that in an interview Friday the associate director of the movie, Sritama Dutta, said the only similarities between the thriller movie and the real-life disaster is that a plane is missing.
"It has got no similarities," Dutta apparently said. "We cannot keep up with the true facts. It's changing every day."
Paul, who also directed the movie Karmasutra 3D, told the International Business Times that the film is based on a Malaysian journalist's theory of what transpired in the early morning of March 8, after the plane left Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing. The worldwide release is scheduled for September.
The trailer was uploaded on YouTube on Saturday by Variety. Based on what it shows, here are five of the most inappropriate characteristics of the production...
1. The title
2. The terrorist undertones
3. Romantic subplots
4. Thriller genre
Images: Rupesh Paul Productions