Missing (2023) Movie: A Hi-Tech Thriller Of 21st Century

Missing is a hi-tech thriller of the 21st century. We are living in a world populated by tech-savvy people. So, we often surf the internet using our smartphones, laptops, watches, etc.

No wonder, most young people are usually busy surfing social media platforms and other networking websites regularly. In times like this, this movie tells a dramatic crime story, wherein a middle-aged mother of a young girl has disappeared into the proverbial thin air. Now, in this contemporary world of information technology, can a Gen Z daughter find her mother using h-tech in her hands?


Synopsis of the Missing (2023) movie

When her mother (Nia Long) disappears while on vacation in Colombia with her new boyfriend, June’s (Storm Reid) 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.


A spoiler-free brief review of the Missing (2023) movie

The introduction

A few years ago, we saw a similar dramatic thriller movie called “Searching” (2018) movie which incidentally used a similar kind of modern tech-oriented story-telling method. In that film, a father searches for his lost teenage daughter. So, we decided to take a closer look at both – Missing and Searching movies. Then we discovered that these movies have come from the common same set of people and producers.

About the Missing and the Searching movies

No wonder, not only the basic theme ideas are similar but also the picturisation and visualisation of these two movies. In addition, the following facts will be appreciated by the tech-savvy audience who have seen both the movies mentioned herein.

  1. In the Searching film, you people might have observed that the online search has been conducted on both Mac and Windows operating systems (OS) throughout the film.
  2. However, in the Missing movie, one might notice the online search is all done only using Mac OS. These two movies have kept pace with the latest technological advancements besides maintaining the consistency between these user interfaces.

Our take on this movie

However, it is worth mentioning that this particular movie is a standalone independent sequel to the original Searching film. Interestingly, this film starts with docu-drama footage based on the events of the previous film. Despite its apparent flaws, this movie is an engrossing thriller that uses modern technological tools available online to enable a tech-savvy teenage daughter to search for her mom.

The conclusion

Like a good mystery, you will keep trying to guess the fate of a mother, who has disappeared into the proverbial thin air. And this will keep you interested.


Ratings of the Missing (2023) movie

FM’s rating3.65/5
Rotten Tomatoes ratings as of the date87% Tomatometer & 90% Audience Score
Critics’ Consensus / Rotten TomatoesThis film can strain credulity in its efforts to keep the audience guessing, but a fast pace and relatable fears keep this twisty techno-thriller from completely losing its way.
FM & Rotten Tomatoes ratings – Missing film.

Poster of the Missing (2023) movie

Missing (2021) film – poster

Key details of the Missing (2023) movie

GenreDrama, Thriller, Mystery
ReleasedJanuary 2023
Age-restrictions PG-13
WritersWill Merrick, Nicholas D. Johnson, & Sev Ohanian
DirectorsNicholas D. Johnson & Will Merrick
CastStorm Reid, Nia Long, Tim Griffin, Joaquim de Almeida, etc.
About – Missing film.

Trailer of the Missing (2023) movie

Official Trailer – Missing (2023) film | YouTube.

If you like this suspense movie from the USA, then check out the FM article about another suspense thriller To Catch A Killer film, too.

Featured & Other Images: Missing film | Sony.


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