• 11 Mar - 17 Mar, 2023
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Reviews

Our lives are now governed by our phones, and being constantly connected to the internet means we leave a digital trail. Our digital footprint and the information superhighway, which is linked by a complex web of devices such as phones, cameras, digital watches, and apps, are both overwhelming and intrusive. However, it can also be a goldmine of evidence and clues for solving a crime and determining who and what is missing. And that's exactly what directors Nicholas D. Johnson and Will Merrick reveal in great detail in this digital thriller that's a must-see. They're all driven by June (Storm Reid), a college student who clearly lives her life on the internet. When her mother Grace (Nia Long) goes missing, June delves into the avalanche of online resources at her disposal, piecing together the puzzle one click at a time.

It's a unique thriller that, despite being slightly implausible, is highly relatable because the characters on screen are just as vulnerable as we are. We live our lives online, exposing ourselves to apps that track our every move. They pay close attention to everything we say and do. Throughout June, the creators demonstrate how there is nothing that cannot be found online. All you have to do is know where to click and what to type. The story has few characters and focuses on June's unwavering commitment to finding her mother solely through her digital expertise. The story manages to captivate and intrigue the audience with some shocking and unpredictable twists.

Storm Reid is the film's hero, carrying it on her shoulders admirably. She convincingly portrays June's relentless pursuit and longing for her mother. Nia Long is perfectly cast as June's mother, and the two effectively bring out the mother-daughter dynamic. The rest of the cast does an excellent job. The scenes, which were mostly shot indoors and online, feel real, but one can't help but notice the monotony of it all as the screenplay builds to an overstretched and dramatic climax. A slightly sharper edit would have aided in keeping the execution taut.

When it comes to new-age digital thrillers, Missing clearly stands out. It is unquestionably a step up from its predecessor. It comes perilously close to being hacked by its own overtly preposterous premise at times, but it eventually clicks with its inventive story and clever storytelling.