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The Missing Person (2009)



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A sardonic, gin-soaked detective contends with an odd cast of characters while tailing a mysterious, middle-aged man traveling with a Mexican boy from Chicago to Los Angeles in writer/director Noah Buschel's twisting neo-noir mystery. John Rosow is a Chicago gumshoe whose skill for cracking a case often comes with a price; he has a penchant for getting in over his head, but he never loses his cool. Contacted by influential lawyer Drexler Hewitt and asked to shadow a man who is currently en route to Los Angeles with a young boy, Rosow collects his cash and instructions from Hewitt's gruff assistant, Miss Charley, and sets out on his latest assignment. Upon arriving in Santa Monica, however, Rosow is caught off guard when he learns that his objective has been updated. He is now to bring the man back to New York. For his efforts, Rosow will receive the tidy sum of half a million dollars. Later, as Rosow attempts to track down his target, a Segway-riding LAPD officer and a cab driver with extensive knowledge of the Catholic saints offer some helpful clues to the man's whereabouts as meddling FBI agents close in and a sensual femme fatale follows his every move. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Noah Buschel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 13, 2010
Strand Releasing - Official Site


Michael Shannon
as John Rosow
Frank Wood
as Harold Fullmer
Amy Ryan
as Miss Charley
Linda Emond
as Mrs. Fullmer
Paul Sparks
as Gus Papitos
Yul Vázquez
as Don Edgar
Paul Adelstein
as Drexler Hewitt
Kate Arrington
as Jane Rosow
Liza Weil
as Agent Chambers
Daniel Franzese
as Agent Craig
Gary Wilmes
as L.A. Cop
Rodrigo Lopresti
as L.A. Taxi Driver
Joe Lovano
as Saxophone Player
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Critic Reviews for The Missing Person

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (12)

There's a pretty good film if you give writer-director Noah Buschel a chance. The 31-year-old crafts a convincing noir tale, with a sense of realism that makes the experience pleasingly voyeuristic.

Full Review… | December 25, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The real mystery here is how writer-director Noah Buschel talked recent supporting Oscar nominees Michael Shannon and Amy Ryan into doing this movie.

Full Review… | December 18, 2009
Detroit News
Top Critic

Buschel makes striking use of the Mike Hammer/Philip Marlowe tradition to tell a story of disorientation and loss in a post-9/11 world where the Twin Towers can go missing too.

Full Review… | December 2, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

It's a great-looking movie, with an evocative use of music and, in rugged-yet-sensitive Michael Shannon, has an actor whose forceful, focused presence is the film's sturdy linchpin.

Full Review… | December 1, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Michael Shannon is a handsome kook whose turns in Revolutionary Road, Bug and this have earmarked him to be the next Jack Nicholson (or at least the next Christopher Walken)

Full Review… | November 30, 2009
I.E. Weekly
Top Critic

Sluggish, stylized and frequently washed in a bilious green tint, The Missing Person is yet oddly irresistible, its omnipresent anxiety like a musical chord that neither rises nor falls.

November 20, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Missing Person

Had the perfect elements of a noir classic until the end...which sucked so badly and made me feel so disappointed in giving this movie almost 2 hours of my life. Note to director: Never make bad ending to noir film...NEVER

paul o.
paul oh

Super Reviewer

Cast: Michael Shannon, Amy Ryan, Frank Wood, Linda Emond, Margaret Colin, John Ventimiglia, Yul Vazquez, Merritt Wever, Daniel Franzese, Liza Weil

Director: Noah Buschel

Summary: Hired to shadow a mysterious man leaving on a train from Chicago going to Los Angeles, heavy drinking private investigator John Rosow (Michael Shannon) discovers that the stranger is most definitely not who everyone thinks he is. With a large cash reward offered by the man's wife dangling before his eyes, Rosow tangles with his own demons as he decides whether to turn the guy in for the money.

My Thoughts: "The film is one bizarre scene after another. If the film wasn't so slow and had more of an interesting story, I believe I would have liked it. But it was quite the sleeper for me and I lost interest pretty quick. But of course me being me, I finished the movie. The acting was great, it was just the story and the feel of the film. Guess it just wasn't my type of flick. I love Michael Shannon though. He does great with these odd characters."


Super Reviewer


A really cool movie. There wasn't much to it, but it wasn't designed to be overly complex and the overall message was great. The performance from Michael Shannon was amazing. He always manages to give off this extremely interesting quality to all his characters. The supporting role from Amy Ryan was really good too, such a different change of pace from Gone Baby Gone. I wouldn't exactly classify it as a neo-noir, but it definitely does have some nods to the genre. If anything, this just brings a personal and humanizing touch to your average detective story. You see the effects of someone drinking and smoking all the time and cracking cynical jokes, which is a really interesting approach.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

The Missing Person Quotes

John Rosow: Gee, sunglasses that light up in the dark.
– Submitted by Frances H (2 years ago)

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