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MISSING (2023)

"What Her Mother Did"

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MISSING is a thriller about an 18-year-old girl in Los Angeles who tries to find her missing mother who disappeared in Columbia while vacationing with her boyfriend. The movie starts with June’s widowed mother, Grace, and her boyfriend, Kevin, catching the plane for Columbia. June and her mother are having relationship problems, but June agrees to pick them up at the airport when they return. However, they don’t show. So, June reaches out to the FBI at the American Embassy and to a local tourist guide. Unexpected twists follow, one of which leads June to question everything she knows about her mother.

MISSING is an intense, suspense-filled thriller with many good twists. The movie is written and directed by the two men who edited the 2018 thriller SEARCHING, which also was shot using computers and smartphones. However, MISSING isn’t quite as good. MISSING also has slightly more foul language. Despite that, it has a moral worldview. Eventually, mother and daughter have to help one another fight off the movie’s real villain. Their fight for survival heals their broken relationship in MISSING.

Content:

(BB, LL, VV, S, AA, DD, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral worldview about a dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship that’s repaired through a trial by fire

Foul Language:
Seven obscenities (including two “f” words) and five light profanities

Violence:
Some intense violence as two women struggle against a man trying to kill them with stabbing and hitting and gun play, police shoot a perp off screen when he pulls a gun because he wants to return to prison, women tied up, men in van take a man and woman hostage, woman put into car trunk to take her to a house out of the city

Sex:
Man cheats on his girlfriend with a younger woman he met online

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
Some alcohol use, including underage alcohol use in one scene

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
References to drug abuse in one scene when man suffers a nosebleed (he lied about having quit); and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Woman hides things from her daughter, lying, deceit, there’s an apparent kidnapping of two people and another kidnapping.

More Detail:

MISSING is a thriller about an 18-year-old girl in Los Angeles who tries to find her missing mother who disappeared in Columbia while vacationing with her boyfriend on the day they were supposed to take a flight back home. MISSING is an intense, suspense-filled thriller with lots of twists and a positive moral worldview, but it has some strong foul language, dysfunctional family dynamics, perilous violence, and references in one scene to drug abuse, so extreme caution is advised.

Shot mostly on computers, smartphones and street cameras, the movie starts with June’s widowed mother, Grace, and her boyfriend, Kevin, leaving to catch the plane for Columbia. June and her mother are having problems with their relationship. So, Grace’s departure doesn’t receive the greatest attitude from June, who promises to pick up Grace and Kevin at the airport when they return.

However, when June goes to the airport to pick them up, they don’t show. Back home, she contacts the hotel and finds out that Grace and her boyfriend left all their luggage at the hotel. Using a translator on her computer, June talks to the manager and finds out she only has another 24 hours to get the hotel’s video security tapes before they’re erased automatically. June contacts the American Embassy in Bogota, but the FBI agent there isn’t sure they can get the hotel tapes in time because of red tape.

June hires a cheap tourist guide in Columbia named Javi to help track down her mother. He gets a lead from one of the hotel’s cleaning women. Javi is pretty helpful. He helps June track down a video of Grace and Kevin at a lover’s bridge, where Kevin appears to be proposing to Grace.

Everyone’s thrown for a loop, however, when the FBI finds a video near the bridge where Kevin and Grace seem to be kidnapped by a nondescript van. More twists follow, including one that makes everyone question the mother’s identity and motive.

MISSING is an intense, suspense-filled thriller with lots of twists. The movie is written and directed by the two editors and virtual cinematographers who did the 2018 movie SEARCHING, which has a similar concept. However, it’s not quite as good as that movie.

MISSING also has slightly more foul language in it. Despite that, it has a moral worldview. Eventually [SPOILER FOLLOWS], mother and daughter have to help one another fight off the movie’s real villain. Their fight for survival heals their broken relationship in MISSING.