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Missing: A Must-See for Moviegoing Detectives

by Neil Bui

Missing is a must-see for any moviegoing detective with each new twist in the plot keeping you on your toes as you try to solve this case alongside Storm Reid’s June Allen. The film continues the screen recorded storytelling of its predecessor, Searching, and does so in a way that feels personable and compelling.

Each new twist reveals untold secrets that show new sides to characters that may not appear to be who or what they present themselves to be.

Every character is well casted and helps create not only a story told through digital devices but also through real, diverse faces in a globally connected world.

Ken Leung is the suspicious new boyfriend who raises suspicions, just as in Industry where he plays the morally dubious managing director Eric Tao, whose commands and actions tend to beg the question “whose benefit is this for?” That type of calculative mentality serves the plot well as June starts with him when she begins her online investigation.

When June first reaches out to the authorities, she is introduced to Elijah Park, played by Daniel Henney. The two of them never actually meet during the film, but outside of seeing the two of them on Facetime calls, Henney’s character makes appearances in press conferences that provide the public and moviegoers with updates on the case.

Portuguese actor Joaquim de Almeida plays Javier Ramos, a gig worker in Colombia hired by June over the internet to be her boots on the ground as she attempts to solve the mystery of her mom’s disappearance in a different country.  As they try to uncover the truth, the pair discovers the international legal red tape that limits efforts from the authorities. Almeida brings a warmness and sincerity to the role that makes it easy to imagine forming a close bond with a stranger on the internet, especially when they are a person that helps us in our time of need.

Catch Storm Reid, Ken Leung, Daniel Henney, Joaquim de Almeida, and the rest of the cast of Missing in theaters on January 20, 2022.

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