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Missing (2023) Review – anxious and gripping film by the armrests

January 22, 2023

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We review the Missing movie of 2023, which contains no spoilers.

There’s just something about the new kind of storytelling from the original creators of Research which provides the necessary storytelling suspense that audiences have been looking for. Missing out on Hollywood movies is a good story, one that doesn’t hide plotlines with massive masses of CGI and expensive special effects. MissingThe anxious, arm-hogging script is so old-fashioned it could be considered retro.

Movie Missing (2023) review and plot summary

The story follows an 18-year-old high school girl named June (A shortcut in time Storm Reid), a teenager who lived with the trauma of her father’s death from cancer when she was little. She lives this moment every day. So much so that she’s so worried about losing another parent, as evidenced by the way she records almost every voicemail from her mother, Grace (Nia Long), even if it means keeping her at a distance to protect herself. However, Grace goes on with her life. She is now dating Kevin (Kenneth Leung of The Sopranos and Lost fame), who is eager to win June’s approval.

Kevin takes Grace on vacation to Columbia (was Hawaii closed for the season?). So what could go wrong? Grace is overprotective of her and is now recognized by the state as a grown daughter. She transfers $350 to her account for emergencies while she is away. The single mother also has her best friend and lawyer, Heather (Amy Landecker), check it out. Sadly, the vacation is on Father’s Day, another reminder of what she never had and lost.

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June throws a party with her friends over the weekend. She then goes to pick up her mother at the airport, but she is nowhere to be found. Worried, she contacts Heather. They begin to reach the Colombian consulate and the FBI agent assigned to the case (played by The wheel of time Daniel Henney) when things don’t move as fast as June wanted with all the bureaucracy. The determined teenager hires a local handyman (Desperadoit is Joaquim de Almeida) for eight dollars an hour to get to the hotel to view the footage. What she discovers next is terrifying. Why? Because she could end up without parents and without family if she cannot bring her mother home.

If the movie sounds familiar to you, it should. Written and directed by Nicholas D. Johnson and Will Merrickthe story comes from Anesh Chaganty and Sev Ohanianresponsible for 2018 hitchcockian surprise, Research. Johnson and Merrick, the editors of Chaganty’s first film, display telling confidence and a remarkably steady hand for their feature debut. Keep in mind, this is the first feature film they’re both writing and directing. (The two have only performed these functions in a handful of shorts so far). The end product of this standalone suite is well-designed. The storyline still builds a genuine amount of suspense while keeping the first trademark poignancy.

And it’s not worth working with such a young actress in Storm Reid. While Research had John Cho’s moving, ever-underused and underappreciated portrayal of a broken father frantically searching for his missing daughter, Reid’s June brings enough stoic reflection to the screen that’s refreshing. The young actor does not deviate much from the script, never attacking the screen for effect. Reid keeps a youthful way to his character that is believable. Like rolling eyes at Heather for finding Kevin hot or breaking boundaries with Javier, it all works out well in the story.

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Many may find the storytelling tool of moving the narrative through a “screenlife” mystery tedious, but I have to admit the device is still infinitely clever here. The use of websites, live cameras, security video doorbell systems, geolocation, and the fun use of a streaming service create the tension needed for a thriller. Admittedly, the “trick” allows the script to patronize (or even patronize) the audience. The trick here is without anyone realizing it. Even without the negative consequences.

Is the 2023 movie Missing any good?

While Research had the tone of a real detective documentary, Missing tends to expand on the premise of the original, which sometimes tends to damage credibility. Plus, the movie’s big twist is pretty obvious if you know what to look for and if you’ve seen enough movies to know what to expect. Still, the storyline is suspenseful and touching enough to make the viewer care. It’s the old-school thriller with a modern presentation that trades star power for a good story that audiences crave.

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