‘Missing’ Shows Potential, and Pitfalls, of Digital Storytelling

Found footage has given way to Laptop Cinema.

“Missing,” like its spiritual predecessor “Searching,” is told entirely via the screens that dominate the culture… and our lives. Storm Reid plays a teen trying to local her missing mother, and she’ll use all her digital resources to crack the case.

What follows is smart, albeit too smart for its own good. The third act collapses in a crush of “c’mon … really” revelations that threatens to derail the film’s intentions.

Reid plays June, or Junebug to her devoted Mom (Nia Long). The teen rebels against her mother’s suffocating, but warm, embrace in ways many teens will understand. That dynamic shifts when the mother goes missing after a romantic Colombia getaway with her new beau (Ken Leung).

June goes into sleuth...

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Jan 19th 2023
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