January 20, 2023
By: Ashley Kethley | January 20th, 2022

From the makers who brought us the 2018 hit “Searching”, this stand alone sequel was written and directed by Nick Johnson and Will Merrick, it’s based off a story by Sev Ohanian and Aneesh Chaganty.

June (Storm Reid) is a teenager whose mother, Grace (Nia Long) goes missing while on vacation with her boyfriend, Kevin (Ken Leung). June attempts to solve the mystery by using various tools on the internet and help from a few friends.

While this movie is interesting to see how a child handles a robot friend, you can't help but think you've seen this before. Maybe just other versions like that doll that comes to life and starts a killing spree. However, this movie makes up for itself along the way. This movie adds funny little add-ins that make you laugh at the movie more than being scared.

Missing follows the same style of Searching, which was my favorite film in 2018 and remains one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. This is a Screenlife film, meaning all of the cinematography is through devices such as laptop cameras, cell phones, ect…there are no actual cameras that are filming the scenes (perspectively). This adds a really interesting viewpoint and I enjoy seeing something unique.

There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing and you’ll be rooting for June the entire film. I absolutely adore Storm Reid and look forward to seeing her in more films. If you enjoy thrillers and mystery films I think you’ll enjoy this one.

'Missing' is in theaters January 20th, 2023.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Ashley KethleyAshley Kethley (Contributing Editor) is a frequent traveler currently living in San Diego. She's a super nerd who enjoys all kinds of movies and doesn't always think the book was better.

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