Superb movie, from start to finish.
I absolutely loved this movie! It was suspenseful, dramatic and
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
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
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..
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I have a friend who really bragged on this film. He really motivated me into
thinking it was a great film..a hidden jewel. Well I watched it and found
out that it really doesn't attach to me like it did him. It isn't original
or clever. It manipulates and toys with you. It puts people in peril with
the by-the-numbers style that I was hoping this film wouldn't provide. It
plays with the emotions of the viewer.but never builds up a satisfying
story. Instead we get the "good vs. evil" and this century old cliche is the
driving force of the film. I love Cate Blanchett and both daughters were
great. Jones looks silly and the film doesn't try to be different and
instead is a "kidnap and find"/indian folklore tales that never leaps out at
you. I just couldn't build any enthusiasm for it and felt like it was
written in two days and was simply produced to push buttons. Blanchett is
great but I say skip this one.