Missing, The

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In 1885, a woman must join forces with her estranged father to rescue her kidnapped daughter.
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Howard,Ron
Starring
Tommy Lee JonesCate BlanchettEvan Rachel Wood
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Western
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Jenna BoydAaron Eckhart
Producers
Ron Howard
Studio
Crowd Pleasers
Rating
R (Restricted)
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4.6 out of 5 stars

2288 global ratings

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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 27, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
What's really 'missing' is reality- SPOILERS
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So, Samuel Jones (Tommy Lee Jones) is the long lost father of Maggie (Cate Blanchett), who is a healer and mother of two daughters. Sam returns for healing (physical on the surface, but a later reveal is that it's spiritual, too). Lily lets Sam know early on that she wants nothing to do with him and, along with her ranch hand, Brake, with his gun in hand, sends her father on his merry way. Sam ends up in the local jail, which is rather convenient, because while the ranch hand, another guy, and Maggies two daughters go off, the oldest, Lilly, gets kidnapped by some renegade Native Americans. I've always hated the term 'renegade Indians' or a similar terms used, because it's used to label/slander those who wouldn't meekly go along with their own systematic oppression. Anyway, the Brake and the other man are killed and the youngest and highly annoying daughter, Dot, survives by hiding. Maggie stumbles upon the murder scene and Dot, who tells what happensed. Maggie goes to the local authorities to get help, but all they could muster is a wire. But, she finds her father in the cell and, after his release, he shows up to her ranch to help her track her daughter. He conveys that Lilly and other girls are being taken to Mexico to be sold into slavery. Now, the movie is too long for me to give a blow-by-blow, so I will just get to the unrealistic things and things that bothered me:

Both of the daughters annoyed me to no freaking end. I guess they were supposed to be strong and tough, but they ended up being too stupid to live (TSTL), really. Let's start with Dot, who impressed me as a brat to the nth power. First, she insists on going with her mother and grandfather to find her missing sister. Because she's a stubborn child, they felt it warranted allowing her to go with them on a very dangerous mission to rescue Lilly from several vicious and dangerous men, led by a brujo (male witch). Given what they experienced, there's no way a child that age would have survived such an encounter. Ah, but Hollywood.... During the tracking of the men, at a time when she needs to be sitting still, and focusing, Dot decides to pick up some binoculars and, as a result, gives away their position. How about NO ONE reprimands her!! Then again, if they were dumb enough to allow a young child to tavel with them across dangerous land to track down many dangerous men, I guess there's no room to talk when it comes to dumb decisions.

Now, at least I can blame some of the youngest daughter's mess ups on age. The oledst daughter? Not so much. The first is when she is about to escape and makes the dumb decision to try to help a woman who's young child has died during the capture. The woman CLEARLY shows she's not in her right mind because she insists that her clearly-dead child is 'sleeping.' What does Lilly do? She not only wastes time and energy trying to convince the woman to come along, but she hands the woman with the dead child the gun to serve as a lookout. Does Lilly even ask the woman if she could shoot? Nope, because that would be too sensible. And even before asking the woman if she could should, how about doing a reality check and noticing that the woman is obviously unhinged? So, while TSTL Lilly is untying a getaway horse, the woman manages to get some temporary clarity and shoots herself. Of course, the bandits wake up and recapture Lilly. Now THAT was a reality that I appreciated. The next TSTL moment is when an Native American guy, who's helping Lilly's grandfather and seeking to also rescue his son's betrothed, tries to rescue her. What does she do when she sees him waving her mother's cross as a means of showing he's a friend? Screams like a banshee. So, the Indian guy is immediately captured by the renegades and brutally hacked to death. Because Lilly was so badass (sarcasm), as all three of the women are portrayed. The Native American betrothed is recaptured and, although she doesn't speak English, gives Lilly a piece of her mind. Now, HERE is where I'd have been okay if reality was suspended and the Native American girl was able to speak English clearly and long enough for Lilly to hear what she was saying. Anyway, there is a mix of losses and happily ever afters, but I just found it all unrealistic, I mean, how much ammo do they REALLY have and how is it, with more guns against you than you have against others, does Sam, Maggie, and Dot manage to not get shot? And when the remaining bandits go after the girls, there's like 12 people on 12 horses and all the bandits manage to shoot is one horse. Are they reallyl that bad at shooting when they have a vantage point so high up in the mountain. And, of course, I won't even get started on the stereotypes. Ugh!

I gave it two starts because there was some action, athough highly unrealistic (that rescue scenario- bogus) and I also don't want to feel too bad for wasting time I can never get back.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 7, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
This movie was a 10!!
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I really liked the way the Native Americans and the Whites and Tommy Lee Jones who was both, worked together. It showed the evil in both races but it also showed the love and caring as well. And although I knew Jones had to die-poetic justice- it was sad but also happy because he went to the spitiual realm fighting for the daughter he had abandoned. All the actors did an incredible job!!!! And Howard and all the people involved in making the movie, including the writer rocked! IT WAS ALSO REFRESHING THAT THE MOVIE DID NOT SHOW ANY OF THE WOMEN BEING RAPED. Did not care for horses dying, but Ii can't have it all. I also did not like the young handsome Native American being killed Instead I would have him live and fall in love with Blanchette. Blanchette played a strong woman who fought for her family while also being gorgeous. Great job to all!!!!
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Stanley Lang, M.D.Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Very Good Movie of Ordinary and Flawed People Rising to Courageous Action
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Excellent picture of frontier life with an accurate and moving insight into the spiritual realities of the Apache Indians. The Chiricahua culture, while not pictured, is described by the few members of the tribe and the character played by Tommy Lee Jones. While not a comprehensive review of the spiritual realities of the Apaches it gives insight into a world most of us will really never visit.. While some of the brutality is hard to see, it is not gratuitous-- if anything it underplays the reality of the time. The major and minor actors play their roles so well it does not feel at all like they are acting but, rather, one is drawn into the story. For those that complain that it doesn't follow the book that it is based on I would say that that is not usually the purpose of a movie. The purpose of a movie is to tell a story that one can enter into as either a participant or an observer. This movie does both. This movie shows a hard time to live on the frontier-- we can barely imagine it, but those who take pot shots at this movie frankly don't know what they are talking about. Unless you hate westerns the chance is very good that you will like this movie and be moved by the characters who play the parts exceedingly well.
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Made In The USA Reviewed in the United States on July 26, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Missing - full screen DVD - special edition - Review
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5 stars for The Missing movie - a combination of Western and Thriller genres.
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5 stars for underrated Cate Blanchett's performance as Maggie (Magdalena) Gilkeson.
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5 stars for 10 year old Jenna Boyd's amazing performance as Maggie's youngest daughter Dot Gilkeson.
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4 stars for Tommy Lee Jones performance as Samuel Jones, estranged father of Maggie.
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4 stars for Eric Schweig performance as the evil Chidin, who kidnapped Dot's older sister ( Maggie's oldest daughter ).
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5 stars for the amazing scenery provided by Santa Fe and for director Ron Howard.
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The Missing showcased strong and determined women in New Mexico in the late 1800s.
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Cate Blanchett, Jenna Boyd, Evan Rachel Wood, and other female actors did their own horse back riding and stunts.
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Highly recommend this movie to anyone who loves both Westerns and Thrillers.
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Paul S. PersonReviewed in the United States on November 30, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Should Have Paid More Attention to Maltin
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I saw this because the director (Howard) has been known to direct some good films. I didn't buy it sight-unseen because the reviews were not encouraging.
This is a very gritty and savage Western, and the most interesting, active, and effective character is ... the villain.
So, if you want to spend time watching a nasty Brujo kidnap and torture various individuals while being pursued by our heroes, feel free.
The film is well done by the people who made it; it just isn't (IMHO) a very good or likeable film.
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AlbaReviewed in the United States on February 4, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very touching movie!
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Despite all the actions this was a very touching movie. It is sad that certain characters died but that's just the sad reality of it. The other bad reviewers, especially the one rambling on and on with a whole novel about this movie not being "reality" enough... are just jealous! Yep, I said it lol. I didn't know how one can be jealous of a movie, but now I know.
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Tactical waif.Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Solid movie, worth a watch.
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A lot of good films were made in the 2,000's back before Hollywood lost it's mind and and went off the rails with the woke thing. I know enough about history to know that this fictional portrayal of an Apache witch is not very flattering and not realistic. But to the Indian, this kind of thing is very real. Real life and the spirit world are intertwined. But I digress, it's a great suspenseful thriller. The movie pulls off the old "Indian country" feeling very well. There were really renegade Indians, Mexican and white outlaws who often ran together and dealt in Illicit trade goods like guns, alcohol and of course captured women. They were known as Comancheros, and their brutality was really sank to the levels in the film. Watch it, I think you will agree.
SagaciousReviewed in the United States on December 24, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Mother's Ultimate Struggle
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This is a gripping, though somewhat melodramatic Western tale where the forces of good, sometimes manifest in flawed individuals, meets pure evil and ultimately triumphs, but not before the evil forces have wreaked considerable damage. The mystical, evil nature of the antagonist in the movie gives it a considerable edge, and the band of malevolent Indians and whites fomenting all the murder and destruction are ultimately killed or dispersed, but, unfortunately, most of the good Indians get killed off also, which might be a touchy issue in today's hypersensitive culture. Cate Blanchet and Tommy Lee Jones are superlative in the lead roles, but that is to be expected by these two consummate masters of their craft.You will be riveted to the screen the entire span of the movie as the courageous and self-sacrificing individuals they portray must wage both physical and spiritual battles, garnering little help from the callous and self-serving officialdom supposedly appointed to help and protect them.
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