An absolute, hands-down, modern classic (by pzazz_hij)
Set in the year of 1885 Maggie Gilkeson Cate Blanchett is a doctor who along with her two daughters, Lilly and Dot and friend Brake Baldwin, happily live on a ranch in New Mexico. Until, one day a ghost from Maggie's past appears who, turns out to be her estranged father, Samuel Jones Tommy Lee Jones . But Maggie does not wish to see her father after a troubled childhood so she sends him on his way and hopes to get on with her life without him. However, when her eldest daughter Lilly Evan Rachel Wood is kidnapped by a rebel group of ex-soldiers led by a witch doctor, Maggie has no <more>
choice but to ask her father to help track down the kidnappers and find her daughter.Full of continuous epic action 'The Missing' is a film that does not show many faults and has everything you want to see in a first rate film, from tension to suspense with loads of great drama, tremendous acting and even witchcraft.Director Ron Howard does it yet again, creating a superb film which I think he can easily put into his best of list. The only real bad thing about this film is that it goes on a bit too long which in all fairness couldn't really be helped but despite that, it grips you and holds on tight both unpredictable and unforgettable with great performances from Tommy Lee Jones, who never ceases to amaze, Cate Blanchett who is as good as ever, Evan Rachel Wood Gives another super performance and I was particularly impressed with young Jenna Boyd.* * * * * 5 stars
Superb movie, from start to finish. (by disbrowdm)
I absolutely loved this movie! It was suspenseful, dramatic and beautifully directed. Some people don't care for a Western with an ugly subject like female abduction and slave labor, but that's not what this movie was entirely about. There was a mysterious connection between Samuel and his daughter, Maggie, and that connection remained until the end of the movie, as intended. Not all Westerns are neat and clean, you know. There was also the wider message of hope and healing, which I found consistent with the main characters' personalities. Furthermore, this movie had strikingly <more>
colorful scenery amidst unpalatable characters, which enhanced dramatic elements against the background of uncertainty. Now if you want to talk about acting, I found the character of Samuel Jones to be one of the BEST that Tommy Lee ever played. He went beyond his duty for this part; in fact, he learned the Native language and dialect for his convincing role as a white-man drifter. You won't find many modern actors giving that type of dedication to their roles these days. And Cate Blanchett was superb; this was a far more dynamic role for her than in LOTRs. Unfortunately, The Missing wasn't given its due, in part because of its ill-timed release. It came out the same week as Master and Commander- what rotten luck- but it's truly one of Ron Howard's finest movies ever directed next to Apollo 13 .If you'd like to expand your imagination into the possibilities beyond the final cut, then rent the 2 disc version for deleted scenes and alternative endings. You won't be disappointed.
A film of extreme realism and compelling scenes w/the just the right touch of "on the edge of your seat" excitement! (by cdmarquez)
I thought the juxtaposition of good vs evil was used very cleverly by Ron Howard in this movie. The filming was extremely realistic and the action was compelling. There were several "slow" moments but these were made up for by the realism of the entire movie. Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee Jones and the SUPERB acting jobs they did definitely carried the film. The role of "Dot" was also extremely well portrayed.
A slice of TRUE western history, finally brought to life... (by Missileman1)
As a 'local' Arizona long-time US southwestern resident and historian, I have to bite my lip occasionally at many of the ridiculous reviews for this excellent Ron Howard film.It's so easy to spot the ignorant For all their emotion about this film, most reviewers' clichés, inaccurate statements, mistaken references, mis-understood, mis-referenced or mis-opted views of 'Western movies' let alone, southwestern history, and general mis-direction of history en toto , grossly reveal the puerile, Hollywood brain-damage Pity they could have learned a lot if they <more>
only KNEW. Not only is Ron Howard's effort well-directed, it's very historically accurate. Point-in-fact: his acting crew, notably Tommy Lee Jones, had to learn whole sentences/paragraphs in the Apache-ne-Athe p/b ascan derivative language as well as their meanings , in not just short, 'indian' phrases as in most 'Western-style' films, but to those which accurately depict the spoken word of the time. None less than Elbys Huger, Berle Kanseah and Scott Rushforth did Howard employ as linguist-teachers for the actors for accuracy please, do your research . In addition, western settlers at that time on the southern borders of New Mexico and Arizona were vilely subjected to early forms of terrorism in the southwest including what you see on-screen. Those bands of Mescalero/Chiricahua natives were normally though not totally averse to kidnapping young, white females of European descent for slave-trading from western settlers as well, married adult females . However, and in particular addition, rituals of northern-Sonoran Indians Yaqui there were other tribes vastly apart from Cochise's band of Chiricahua Apaches, were especially ruthless against 'whites', employing those very diatribes Eric Schwieg aka, 'el brujo', 'Pesh Chidin' perpetrated against western immigrants. And, BTW, Schwieg was absolutely SUPERIOR in the role the man surely deserved not only credibility, but Oscar consideration he is that good; if you knew only a sliver of southwestern history, you'd know his portrayal is not only authentic, but well-portrayed eastern-USers, Canadians, take note you've no conscience of southwestern US history unless you've studied/lived it mark my word, Pilgrim .Re/ The Entertainment value: - TLJones: always a distinct pleasure, thank you Thomas extraordinarily well-done, and one of your very best efforts applauses; how-went the linguistics for the film? - Ms. Cate Blanchett: as well, extraordinary effort; you are, still, a gem-in-the making, and exceptionally well-suited for the part truly, WELL DONE you exemplified the character. Where did you learn about the southwest of the US?? - Jay Tavare: your portrayal of 'Kayitah' was exemplary and believable. Nice going! You have more Hollywood parts in your future stay with it. - Steve Reevis: "Two Stone" you should have been cast earlier in larger roles. Enjoyed you in 'Last of the Dogmen' - Even, Jenna: stay with it - in a few years you may think about changing your mind maybe even now; you both have the energy how badly do you want it??9.5/10 -- believe it; or buy a history book and educate yourself about the REAL southwestern US
Spectacular Low Paced Western (by claudio_carvalho)
In Nineteenth Century New Mexico, Maggie Gilkeson Cate Blanchett is a lonely rancher and healer, living alone with her two daughters, the teenager Lily Gilkeson Evan Rachel Wood and the ten years old girl Dot Gilkeson Jenna Boyd , and her assistant and lover Brake Baldwin Aaron Eckhart and the employee Emiliano Sergio Calderón . When her absent father Samuel Jones Tommy Lee Jones , of whom Maggie feels grief for leaving her when she was a child, visits the Gilkeson's family, Lily is kidnapped with other local women by a group of rebel apaches to be sold as slave in Mexico. The <more>
Indians, leaded by "el brujo" the witch Pesh-Chidin Eric Schweig , kill Brake and Emiliano, and Maggie, having no other person to support her beyond the young Dot in the search for Lily, asks her father to track the captives. The weird trio follows the kidnappers, being the beginning of a spectacular low paced story. "The Missing" is a magnificent contemporary western, having a great plot with drama, mysticism, action and thriller. The characters are slowly developed in a very consistent way, and have outstanding performances of Cate Blanchett as usual , Tommy Lee Jones and the starlet Jenna Boyd. The locations are stunning, and the soundtrack is very powerful. My vote is nine.Title Brazil : "Desaparecidas" "Missing"
Boy, there is a lot of drivel in the reviews here. If you didn't pay attention to the movie, too bad. Don't mess it up for everyone else. This movie was exciting throughout, very well-acted, and well written. It had action, humor, suspense, danger, and a wide range of emotion. The costumes and the casting were excellent, and I doubt that anyone will ever forget the Brujo he rivals "Lonesome Dove"'s Blue Duck as a villain . Some of Howard's stuff has been good, some very good, some not so great. This was very good to great. It is twice the movie, or more, that <more>
"Open Range" was. As for "Unforgiven", face it, this was much more entertaining. Besides, I am not in the mood to hand out praise to Eastwood after the over-rated and unprofessional Mystic River.
Very reminiscent of 'The Searchers', probably the best of the John Wayne-John Ford teamups, 'Missing' plays better as a thriller set in the West, than as a 'mystical Western' which is what I think it was really going for . Predictably excellent performances from Cate Blanchett, Tommy Lee Jones, and a fantastic performance from Eric Schweig as the Apache witch doctor. I was surprised to discover the film was mostly dumped on by critics in the US, and bombed there. It's had a much better response here, as I think it should have. Look out also for Evan Rachel Wood, <more>
so good in 'Thirteen', as the older of Blanchett's two daughters. This ranks as Ron Howard's best.
One of the best westerns i've ever seen. (by Ben_Cheshire)
Cate Blanchett has been surviving just fine on her own, but when some indians kill her boyfriend and kidnap her eldest daughter she has one other, who's quite good , she is forced to ask her strange and estranged father Tommy Lee Jones for help.Ron Howard finally made that western he's been dreaming of since he was a kiddie putting together home movies of men on horses riding into town which you can find on The Missing DVD - and i hope it surpasses his wildest dreams. Its widescreen wild-west vistas make this one of the most beautiful films to come out of Hollywood in years. <more>
Cinematography is superb, to say the least.And its suspense is perfect. I wasn't bored one minute - it is regulated by violent outbursts from the indians at unexpected intervals. As soon as we're about to wonder why we were so scared of the indians, we are reassured why.Virtually constant camera movement and hand-held work take us into the world of The Missing, and make it really come alive. Ron Howard really knows what he's doing.10/10. A beautiful, suspenseful, outstanding film.Parent's Warning: its quite violent. Many graphic deaths, many more where the violence is strongly suggested. Make sure your audience is over, say, 16.
Bleak, chilling suspense on the frontier. (by modern_maiden)
The premise of this film that the main character played by Cate Blanchett is a rancher and doctor living in the wilds of New Mexico. Her daughter is kidnapped by a group of outlaws led by a psychopathic witch doctor. At the same time, her estanged father played by Tommy Lee Jones enters her life, and she is faced with her deep hatred of him, weighed against her need for his help. The rest of the story I won't give away.I've read whisperings of Oscar nominations, which may be a fair statement, but although these rumors have been directed towards Blanchett, I would say that Jones <more>
had the stronger performance. Blanchett was excellent as well though, depicting a hard-laboring no-nonsense rancher perfectly, not trying to inject any glamour into her role whatsoever, as might have been the case if certain other big name actresses had played the role. I am forever amazed by Blanchett's versatility! The girls playing the daughters were excellenttoo, specially the youngest one, who had a number of intense emotional scenes.I liked the bleak feeling presented in the film...the raw climate, the hopelessness combined with determination that the characters portrayed. The heroic rescue attempts were not without their screw-ups, making the story much more realistic than a typical Western shoot-em-up hero movie. I also enjoyed the element of mysticism, which was pulled off without being too corny. The main villain in this film was quite possibly the creepiest, ugliest villain to grace the screen in years! Yet somehow it wasn't too trite either.My personal beef with most Hollywood epics is that friggin' annoying sweeping soundtrack music, which practically spells out to you how you are supposed to feel, replacing the emotion that should have been created by the acting and directing. Thankfully, the soundtrack didn't overwhem this film. Just some well placed ambient music which supplemented the scenes nicely.Definitely one of the better films I've seen lately. I rate it 8/10.