Spoiler-Free Review of “Missing” in Theaters: Matches the Intensity of “Searching” with Solid Twists

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!*

“I just need to know that you’re safe…”

Missing released in theaters on January 20th 2023. The mystery-thriller film (from the creator of Searching) stars Storm Reid, Nia Long, Ken Leung, and Daniel Henney. It runs for approximately an hour and fifty minutes.

June desperately tries to find her mother after she and her boyfriend mysteriously vanish in Colombia, unlocking secrets about her past along the way.

Here is the trailer:

Missing is so much more than a loose sequel of Searching, creating something truly suspenseful with exceptional twists and reveals that will have you on the edge of your seat. Is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Exceptional intensity!

When I first watched Searching, I was completely captivated from start to finish. I loved the use of social media and technology to reveal a unique mystery, allowing the audience to take their mystery-solving skills to the next level.

I was slightly worried that Missing would lose that originality, following a familiar formula I had seen before, but I was blown away by how engrossing this movie was. I may have even liked it better than Searching, although they both were so good so it’s honestly hard to choose between them.

Missing uses the same approach and even presents us with some welcomed Easter eggs and cameos, paying tribute to the original film, but it also branches off into something different and possibly even more chilling this time around.

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The twists were FANTASTIC!

When the first major reveal happened, I was all in. I thought it matched the reveal in Searching and then some. But then the movie decided to go even further with it and throw another insane twist our way that almost had me applauding in my seat. I didn’t see these reveals coming and yet they were still really plausible and realistic in this situation, which made them that much more intriguing.

I loved them!!!!

The Cons:

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I don’t have any…

When I think about what I want to get out of a mystery-thriller movie, Missing checks off all the boxes and then some. The computer angles take a little time to get used to, but if you have seen Searching then you shouldn’t really mind this and I never thought it took away from what was going on.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!!!

Missing is absolutely fantastic and even better than I could have hoped for!

If you enjoy mystery-thrillers, you’re in the right place.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Missing in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl


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