I did actually watch (and really enjoy) Searching, when it originally came out at the cinema. I don’t remember a whole lot about it, but I remember it was really cleverly done with how the story was told entirely through the use of social media. When I saw this movie advertised, I was immediately intrigued…but didn’t know if it would be done as well as the first movie.
This film did a really good job of drawing me in right from the beginning. The scene of June and her father playing together was incredibly sweet…and then there was a huge amount of tension when her father’s nose started bleeding and it became very clear that June’s father had passed away.
I didn’t really like June’s mother at the beginning of the movie, to be honest. Despite the fact that June was 18, her mother seemed to be treating her like a child. I could completely understand June’s frustration at having what amounted to a babysitter sent to check on her.
Much like its predecessor Searching, Missing was entirely told through the use of social media/video cameras/etc. I felt that was one of the strongest parts of this movie. It helped to keep the tension ramped up quite a bit, since as the viewer, the only information I had came from what June herself could see.
Speaking of June, she was probably the best character in this movie. She was resourceful and intelligent, but I felt the movie definitely did a good job of keeping her actions within the scope of what she could realistically do. I did question what she eventually ended up doing for food, though, since the money her mother obviously would have run out eventually.
There was a lot of good tension throughout this movie and I definitely liked some of the secondary characters, especially Veena and Javi. I also thought it was good to see some hints of conflict come through as June’s desperation to find her mother grew.
All in all, I really did enjoy this movie. It didn’t really feel like a direct sequel to Searching, although I did appreciate the easter egg to the first movie in the scene showing the ending of Searching.
I’ve seen other movies use a similar way of telling the story by making use of modern day technology, but I think Missing (and Searching) does it particularly well. June’s search for her mother drew me in as a viewer and I really cared about her character and what she was going through. There were some areas that moved a bit slowly, but on the whole, it was enjoyable to watch…and I’d probably see it again, in case there were any elements of foreshadowing, or clues, that I missed the first time through.