Mini Review: Missing
When June's mother disappears while on vacation in Colombia with her new boyfriend, June's search for answers is soon hindered by international red tape. Stuck thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, June creatively uses all the latest technology at her finger to try and find her before it's too late. However, as she digs even deeper, she soon realizes that her mother has been hiding secrets about her own life.
Storm Reid, Joaquim De Almeida, Ken Leung, Nia Long, Daniel Henry and Amy Landecker
One surprising new genre of film introduced was through Searching. A thrilling and immersive experience that shouldn’t have worked but completely did. All happening through a computer screen. Missing, following the success of the first film, has now arrived and I was hooked from beginning to end. The story is consistently engaging and fresh. Despite many twists and turns, it never once slowed down or became predictable. However, the story does seem to try and do far too much at times, that it starts to reach the realms of unrealistic and moves away from its grounded nature.
The characters are strong, complimented well by its grounded dialogue and emphasis to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Storm Reid is, of course, the film's standout. Delivering an excellent performance, both emotionally and physically, demanding screen presence in every frame. Along with the supporting cast that deliver thrilling performances alongside Reid.
Everything flows perfectly, the editing and framing all intertwine well and it still blows me away with how these kinds of films pull off such a unique style. The score is a well composed driving force for the action and tension, demanding a reaction out of you.
Missing is rather flawed with a few of its narrative & screenplay choices, but it’s a thrill ride from start to finish. Asking the best out of rising star Storm Reid & delivering another knockout performance. It’s a worthy sequel to a fantastic predecessor.