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Starring: Storm Reid, Joaquim de Almeida, Ken Leung, Amy Landecker, Daniel Henney, Nia Long
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Thriller drama written and directed by Will Merrick and Nick Johnson. Missing (2023) centers on June (Storm Reid), who after her mother, Grace (Nia Long), disappears while on vacation in Colombia with her new boyfriend Kevin (Ken Leung), her search for answers is hindered by international red tape. Stuck thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, June creatively uses all the latest technology at her fingertips to try and find her before it’s too late. But as she digs deeper, her digital sleuthing raises more questions than answers, and when June unravels secrets about her mom, she discovers that she never really knew her at all.
Grace: Siri, please call Junebug.
June: Mom, you’re already on the phone. This is FaceTime.
June: [to Grace] You know you don’t have to use Siri for literally everything, right?
Grace: Listen, I am running late and I need you to write a couple of things down. The car keys are going to be in the top drawer in the kitchen, and Kevin… I just said write it down. You’re not writing it down. Kevin forwarded you the itinerary. No alcohol. Do not open the door for strangers. And keep your location service turned on the entire time I’m away, do you understand?
June: No fun. Got it.
Grace: You do not understand the sacrifices I made to give you the life you have.
June: Mom, you’re being so dramatic.
Grace: [to June] I just need to know that you’re safe when I’m away.
Heather: [referring to Grace and Kevin] I’m just glad she found someone. You know, Someone nice and cute, cool tech job. I would kill for a guy like that. It’s pretty rough out there. Not that I don’t have my fun. You know what I’m saying?
Grace: [as June waits at the airport, voice message] Hi, this is Grace Allen. Please leave a message.
June: Mom? Where are you guys? I’ve been standing here forever.
June: Hi. I’m calling about a guest you had. Seeing if they extended their stay.
June: [as the receptionist replies in Spanish] I’m sorry. Does anyone speak English?
Desk Clerk: No. I’m sorry.
June: Knew I shouldn’t have dropped Spanish.
June: Great. Okay, well, the hotel has security footage, but it constantly overwrites. So we have about like six hours until it’s gone. So can you please send an agent over?
Agent Park: I’ll do my best. But keep in mind, the FBI doesn’t have jurisdiction to investigate here in Colombia. So it may take some time while we work with local authorities.
June: I need you to go to this hotel and ask for their security footage. I’m trying to find someone.
Javi: I don’t understand. “Trying to find.”
June: She’s missing.
Javi: I’m only services. Cleaning, electric, you know.
June: Please. Please, it’s my mom. Please.
Javi: You make me think of my son. Never taking no for an answer.
June: Does Kevin give you same-password-for-everything type of vibe?
Veena: [as she sees Kevin’s photo on his site] Actually, sixty-forty.
Veena: Why is your mom dating this guy?
June: Heather thinks he’s hot.
Veena: Of course she does.
Javi: [referring to Grace] She dressed up very nice, so the señora asked if they were going somewhere fancy. And guess what your stepfather said.
June: Ew, no. Not my stepfather.
'Just because someone is your parent, it doesn't mean they do not make mistakes.' - Javi (Missing) Click To Tweet
Javi: [referring to Kevin] He says he wants to go to, how do you say, you know, store where shovels and hammers?
June: Wait. A hardware store?
Javi: Si, hardware store.
Veena: On vacation.
Heather: [referring to Kevin] You’re going through his email?
June: Yeah. So?
June: [referring to Kevin] But why would he turn off his locations, Heather? That doesn’t make sense.
June: I think Kevin was cheating.
June: [referring to Kevin as they look at his blocked emails] This woman calls him Darren. They all want their money back.
Veena: [referring to Kevin] Yoh. Dude’s not cheating. He’s a…
June: He’s a con man.
June: So you weren’t going to tell me my mom was dating a felon?
Agent Park: Look, don’t get me wrong. We are looking into him. But he’s never been involved in a disappearance. And he’s been using his legal name.
June: But don’t you think this is a pretty big coincidence?
Agent Park: Well, keep in mind that all of these cases were from before his prison sentence. And he’s never violated parole.
Agent Park: [to June] Our job is to find your mom, and build a prosecutable case if there’s a crime. So we got to do this the right way. You need to trust me on this.
June: [referring to Kevin] And did he ever mention my mom anytime?
James: Mention? I mean, he hasn’t shut up about her since they first met. She seemed really good for him.
June: You don’t think this was just another one of his, you know?
James: Oh, no. I mean, look, Kevin’s worked really hard to put that stuff behind him. It seemed real to me.
June: [referring to Kevin] What did he buy?
Javi: [holding up a padlock] Just this.
June: A lock? Why would he buy a lock?
Javi: Maybe you should tell la policia about the lock. They maybe know something.
June: Sure thing. Peace, Javi.
Javi: Piece of what?
June: No, like peace. Just means goodbye.
Kevin: I’m kind of a social media guy cliché.
Grace: When I look at her, I just see her father, and it’s like… We’ve really been through a lot together. And I just don’t think that I could forgive myself if anything ever happened to her, you know?
Kevin: You seem like a really great mom. One day, she’ll get that.
June: [after seeing footage of Kevin proposing to Grace] You were right. He wasn’t trying to con her.
Agent Park: [to June] We’ve got some bad news.
June: [as she sees footage ofGrace and Kevin being kidnapped] What are they going to do to her?
Agent Park: So they may just want money.
June: So, what now? Is there anything I can do?
Agent Park: Hey, we’re going to find these guys. Okay? The best thing you can do to help us is just wait by your phone. We’ll be in touch.
June: They said something about money, but what if these people hurt her?
Javi: They have no reason to.
June: I’ve already lost one parent, Javi. I can’t lose her too. I didn’t even say goodbye.
Javi: Whatever you are beating yourself over with your mom, it doesn’t change a parent’s love.