'Missing' review: Mom got lost in The Matrix This thriller about a teenage girl whose mother goes missing takes place on your computer screen. - Liberty

Thursday, October 26, 2023

'Missing' review: Mom got lost in The Matrix This thriller about a teenage girl whose mother goes missing takes place on your computer screen.


Storm Reed in "Missing". Tenma Hankin/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures

The gimmick behind "Missing," her intense techno-thriller in which teenage girl June (Storm's lead) tracks her mother (Near Her Long) on the Internet, was directed by Wilmerick. it was done. , Nick Herr Johnson frames the action on a computer screen. June's investigations are trapped in the app, and she opens it in increasing panic. She barely spoke to her mother and had been weaned on the web before her parents disappeared. Celebrate that she has her house all to herself. Her friends dutifully post her drunkenness on her Instagram for viewers to witness it.

June's mother was last seen heading to Cartagena with her boyfriend (Ken Leung). By the end of her first act, June and her best friend Megan the pickpocket are searching the man's girlfriend's girlfriend's Facebook for clues to hacking the man's email password. (You may need to try RedH3rring$.)

The story progresses from her online stalking to a ludicrous conspiracy that Reid confidently dares to avoid. Handsome cinematography is revealed to be a true crime documentary streaming on June's laptop. (In a meta-joke, the show was a glossy retelling of the producer's previous film, the 2018 mystery "Searching," sharing much the same premise.)

Her window that popped up was the center of attention for her Jun. But the film's more compelling moments capitalize on her nostalgia for the old cybergames of the 1970s text-based adventures. So enter the appropriate command to fix the problem. Write "Can you see the security cameras?" While on the phone at her mother's hotel, she turned to an online translator between English and Spanish. It's irresistible for June to download and install her WhatsApp so she can make video calls to Colombia. Still, Julian Scharle's score swells quickly for her June digital breakthrough, and despite laughing enough to make you think it's Conan, we're good enough to figure it out for ourselves. It's fun to fantasize that it might be. shot the army. An even more silly moving scene is the touching scene where she tearfully swears to her missing mother in June.

As June's quest went viral, the investigation and her role in her story nearly slipped out of her grasp. Too many hookups can give you cancer, Merrick and Johnson seem to say, and most of us already agree. Yet when June breaks into her mother's dating app and learns to see her for the first time as a woman with her own desires, as Javier, her Cartagena gig worker, a strange emotional sequence unfolds. There is a role. Javier's star rating is only 2.5 stars for him, but he's so good, I picked the movie in the hope that it would take me some time to write a glowing review in June.