Missing (2023) Review – terrifying and armrest gripping film

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Frightened and reaching for the armrest Absence is the kind of old-fashioned thriller that trades star power for a good story that audiences crave.

We’re reviewing 2023 movie Missing no spoilers.

There’s just something about the new genre of storytelling from the original creators of Search this brings the necessary storytelling tension that the audience has been looking for. Hollywood movies lack a good story, one that doesn’t cover up plot holes with massive clumps of expensive CGI and special effects. AbsenceThe angst-ridden, arm-pounding script of is so dated it could be called retro.

Missing (2023) film review and plot synopsis

The story follows an 18-year-old high school student named June (A wrinkle in time Storm Reid), a teenager who lived with the trauma of her father’s death from cancer as a young child. She lives in this moment every day. She is so worried about losing another parent, as shown by the fact that she saves almost every voicemail from her mother Grace (Nia Long), even kept her at a distance to protect herself. However, Grace moves on with her life. She is now dating Kevin (Kenneth Leung from The sopranos and Lost Fame) who is out to win June’s approval.

Kevin takes Grace on vacation to Columbia (was Hawaii closed for the season?). So what could go wrong? Overprotective of her, Grace is now recognized by the state as a grown daughter. She transfers $350 to her account for emergencies during her absence. The single mom also has her best friend and lawyer, Heather (Amy Landecker), drop by her. Unfortunately, the holiday takes place over Father’s Day, another reminder of what she never had and lost.

June is throwing a party with her friends over the weekend. Then she wants to pick up her mother at the airport, but she is nowhere to be found. Concerned, she contacts Heather. They reach the Colombian consulate and the FBI agent assigned to the case (played by The wheel of time Daniel Henne) when things aren’t moving as fast as June likes with all the bureaucracy. The determined teenager hires a local handyman (Desperate‘s Joaquim de Almeida) for eight dollars an hour to go to the hotel and watch the footage. What she finds next is terrifying. Why? Because she could be without parents and without a family if she can’t bring her mother home.

If the film sounds familiar, it should. Written and directed by Nicholas D Johnson and Will Merrickthe story comes from Aneesh Chaganty and Sev Ohanianresponsible for the surprise hit by Hitchcock in 2018, Search. Johnson and Merrick, the disruptive editors of Chaganty’s first film, display a revealing level of confidence and a remarkably steady hand for their first feature film. Keep in mind that this is the first feature film they both wrote and directed. (Both have performed these duties in only a handful of short films so far). The final product of this standalone sequel is well crafted. The script still builds up a real amount of suspense while retaining the first characteristic poignancy.

And it’s no short matter working with such a young actress in Storm Reid. During Search Had John Cho’s moving portrayal of a broken father desperate to find his missing daughter been the always underused and underappreciated John Cho, Reid’s June brings enough stoic thoughtfulness to screen that is refreshing. The young actor doesn’t stray far from the script and never raids the screen for effect. Reid maintains a youthful manner about her character that is believable. From Heather rolling her eyes at finding Kevin hot or breaking boundaries with Javier, it all works well within the story.

Many may find the storytelling tool of moving the narration through a “screenlife” mystery tiresome, but I have to admit that the device remains endlessly clever here. The use of websites, live cams, security video doorbells, geo-tracking, and the amusing use of a streaming service build the suspense needed for a thriller. Granted, the “gimmick” allows the script to be patronizing (or even patronizing) the audience. The trick here is without anyone noticing. Even without the negative consequences.

Is Missing 2023 movie good?

During Search had the tone of a true crime documentary, Absence tends to expand on the premise of the original, which at times tends to strain credibility. Also, the movie’s big twist is pretty obvious once you know what to look for and have seen enough movies to know what to expect. Nevertheless, the screenplay is exciting and touching enough to interest the viewer. It’s the old-fashioned thriller with a modern presentation that trades star power for a good story that audiences crave.

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