“Missing” review: A twisted novel where Gen Z’s internet habits save the day

While Missing It may be a mystery, but more importantly it is a mastery in innovative visual storytelling. The movie is a standalone sequel to 2018 seekAnd like the previous one, Missingplot entirely through technology.

We see our heroine June Allen, played wonderfully by Storm Red, navigating her mother’s disappearance by watching her laptop screen for most of the movie’s action. Every Google search, text message notification, or notes app to-do list is how to do it Missing He tells his story. It is a very intimate visual rollercoaster.

What is it Missing Around?

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June Allen is your typical Generation Z teen ready to party all week while her mom, Grace (Nia Long), goes on vacation to Columbia with her new boyfriend, Kevin (Ken Leung). But things quickly turn dark when Grace doesn’t return from her vacation, leaving June in the hotbed of a dangerous disappearance as she takes on the role of detective, using her laptop and all-around tech skills to hack emails, CCTV footage, and even a TaskRabbit to piece together her mother’s whereabouts.

While the movie is riddled with one plot too many, its big reveal speaks to a more pressing aspect of our news cycle and its denigration of people of color. This makes Missing An important watch goes beyond the simple benefits of dusting off a business.

Charm Missing At first it is under editing, but the plot becomes boring.

Two girls looking anxiously at a laptop.

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MissingEditing the movie and choosing to tell its story through the June MacBook is the real fun of the movie. It allows the audience to get to know her in a really intimate and original way. Yes, we get to know June through her dialogue with the other characters throughout Missingbut we also get very detailed information on her laptop – such as a to-do list that only consists of ‘give financial assistance’ – nice but subtle gestures What a Gen Z teenager actually looks like. You can tell a lot about a person by how many Google tabs they have open or how cluttered their desktop is, and Missing He acknowledges this fact and invites you into Jun’s world.

The editing also allows room for some amazing montages. In the movie’s first act, June throws a massive house party that’s mediated with seamless transitions from Snapchat filters, to Instagram Stories, to firing emojis that turn into her fireplace. And when the movie’s mystery sets in, editing and sound design take suspense to a whole new level as we see (and hear) June frantically typing and clicking on various links to get a single clue as to where her mother is. All of this puts you right in the spot and realistically follows what any of us would do in the face of serious uncertainty: Google what the hell are you supposed to do.

But Missing It slows down in the second trimester. Constant plot twists, along with not actually seeing June move, kills the suspense. There’s only so many FaceTimes you can watch before you actually want to see the protagonist – a feeling that’s most effective in the final act when we’re watching almost everything through a security camera, rather than approaching June in her final battle.

Missing Acknowledge where we are with true crime and why it is a problem.

A man and a woman are riding in a car with their bags.

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MissingIncredible editing also comes in its closing moments, when we see June’s fight final transition into a true crime Netflix made special about its story. June wonders why anyone would want to see this “trash”. And teasing her story was incredibly clever on behalf of MissingCreatorsIt speaks to a moment in entertainment where true crime remains a hot topic for audiences with no clear moral boundaries. We’ve seen it come out this year along with Netflix Dahmer – The Beast: The Jeffrey Dahmer Storywhere is the Real families involved in the case have spoken out against the show to mend old wounds. And MissingFocusing the internet on spurring a true crime thirst that overshadows what’s really going on is a smart decision that saves the lackluster final act.

Throughout the film, we also see June’s best friend Veena (Megan Surrey) regularly referencing various true crime shows in an effort to help June figure out what to do next – it’s an added dimension to the film’s reflection on Generation Z culture, while at the same time addressing the same audience hunger that Leading true criminal entertainment in the first place. Add to that the movie’s viral TikToks stream about Grace’s disappearance, and… Missing It is, in essence, the commentary on how true crime can outperform real-life scenarios and foster an environment in which nothing is at stake if it is read as an interesting and engaging document.

Missing It may drag on but its decision to talk about cultural issues, including true crime, racism, and the Internet gives its twisted plot real substance. If you power through the massive second act, there’s a big payoff at the end of it and some fun along the way.

Missing Hits theaters January 20th.

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