Like its predecessor Aneesh Chaganty’s Searching, Nick Johnson and Will Merrick’s Missing is a movie you should see with a grain of salt in every ticket purchase. If you don’t believe in taking in awesome citizens looking for detectives from teens running around the city, you’re going to have a hard time enjoying the cinematic experience. After all, the movie basically hinges on embracing those ideas, both in its aesthetic choices and plot.
Of course, the other side of that coin is that an open mind will take you far. SearchingScreenlife’s approach remains novel and clever, with stories effectively incorporating wild twists and turns that force you to rethink your view of the core mystery and re-evaluate your predictions about where it’s all going. It’s a little silly, but never lets down the tension, and thanks to a solid lead turn by Storm Reid, it stays grounded.
It introduces an all-new ensemble of characters while set in the same universe as . Searching (Check with a fun Easter egg), Absent It begins with 18-year-old June Allen (Reed) getting ready for a week of unsupervised fun. Her mother, Grace (Nia Long) and her boyfriend, Kevin (Ken Leung), fly to Colombia for a fun and romantic vacation, while June plans to throw a grand party with her friend Beena (Megan Suri). .
This works, because there’s fun and Taskrabbit is hired to clean up any mess left in the house… but when June goes to the airport to pick up Grace and Kevin at home, all of that is going to happen. will change. She arrives on time and even has her funny sign, but the couple don’t show up at baggage claim. June calls her mother’s attorney, Heather (Amy Landecker), to fill out an international missing person’s report, but finds out that the hotel Grace and Kevin were staying in is her 48-hour stay. She takes matters into her own hands when she finds out that she overwrites security footage every year.
The investigation, which begins in June in Colombia by hiring a man named Javier (Joaquin de Almeida) to obtain the footage, eventually sees the teenager fall down the rabbit hole in search of his mother. As she explores her past and relationship with Grace, terrifying questions begin to arise, but the protagonist, undaunted in her pursuit of the truth about what happened, finds answers only with her ingenuity and internet connection. We are making good progress.
“The Missing” is certainly a fantasy, but its smart script is grounded enough to make it work.
The film’s greatest asset is its pacing and structure. In collaboration with Aneesh Chaganty and Sev Ohanian (Author) Searching (with story and producer credits on the sequel), Nick Johnson and Will Merrick crafted a smart script that was particularly adept when it came to false leads and red herrings. If you’re trying to solve it, and your eyes and ears are attuned to all the cues, big and small, you’ll be pleasantly surprised as the major revelations lead the big pivot…intrigue…and your new expectations too. It will eventually be thinned out, so you will be delighted.
Working for $8 an hour, Javier turned out to be the most helpful human being the gig economy has ever produced stands out, but it’s real enough that it’s not completely absurd. For the true crime buffs of modern pop culture who listen to podcasts and watch documentaries while imagining they can personally solve the mysteries that have baffled law enforcement. Absent It’s an itchy fantasy, and a lot of fun in its capacity.
While it doesn’t make many innovations, Missing is a solid addition to the Screen Life film.
As the latest addition to the growing screenlife genre, it can be said that the film further demonstrates impressive viability in its approach. , June’s always-active Facetime app is the biggest, but far more rewarding and impressive is how the film presents mystery visually while maintaining realism. that you are using. Like the genre’s best examples, it doesn’t just make the most of what’s familiar (apps, websites, etc.), but something as simple as an enthusiastic search or a typed message gets to the heart of the character. Effectively provides insight into deleted/unsent. It speaks a special modern language and speaks well.
Absent Screen Life doesn’t particularly advance cinema, but it further proves the impressive feasibility of storytelling in this medium. The story that unfolds is engaging, exciting, and well-told. It’s a fun, twisted mystery, and the film makes a strong case for more chapters in this budding anthology series.