Producer- Sev Ohanian

Directors – Ṇicholas D Johnson and Will Merrick

Star Cast- Nia Long. Storm Reid, Daniel Henney, Amy Landecker, Tracy Vilar, Ken Leung and Joaquim De Almeida

Genre- Thriller

Platform of Release- Theatres

Rating- ***

A Breezy & Edgy Ride

Jyothi Venkatesh

The film revolves around a young 18 year old girl June (Storm Reid) who clicks on the laptop, her way through the maze of online clues and trails to find her missing mother, after her sudden disappearance. But her quest leads her to such shocking revelations that make her question everything and everyone she knows. By the way, for the uninitiated, Missing is a standalone sequel to 2018 thriller Searching.

Her mother Grace Allen (Nia Long) disappears all of a sudden while on vacation in Colombia with her new boyfriend, and sadly June’s search for answers is hindered by international red tape. However, though 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. As she digs ever deeper, her digital sleuthing soon raises more questions than answers.

Missing revolves around someone who is ‘perennially online’, especially because June is never away from her laptop or phone as she plans for a wild time away when her mother goes to Columbia. Missing follows June as she turns the sprightly detective, and sets out to track down both Kevin and Grace’s digital footprints to find out where they might have been. From TikTok sleuths to Twitter hashtags, in addition to the intrusive media coverage, the search for Grace Allen takes apart every aspect of her being.

June is aided by her good friend Veena (Megan Suri) and her mother’s friend Heather (Amy Landecker). June also enlists the help of a local man in Bogota named Javi (Joaquim de Almeida), who becomes her legitimate source on the ground in the foreign country. The film also sets out to give us a backstory of a strained relationship between mother and daughter soon after the sudden death of her father. The two aren’t as close as they would want and June begins to regret her earlier actions.

Storm Reid is literally the sole hero of the film, as she ably carries it on her slender shoulders. She makes June’s relentless pursuit and longing for mother very believable. Nia Long is also very aptly cast as June’s mom and both manage to bring out the mother-daughter dynamic, quite effectively, while the rest of the actors play their part well.

To sum up, all that I can say is that the film takes us on a  breezy and edgy ride and besides balancing with the quotient of adrenaline rushing thrills, also sets out to show the angst that the daughter has when she is on the search for her missing mother