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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Noah Buschel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 13, 2010
Strand Releasing - Official Site


as John Rosow

as Harold Fullmer

as Miss Charley

as Mrs. Fullmer

as Gus Papitos

as Don Edgar

as Drexler Hewitt

as Jane Rosow

as Agent Chambers

as Agent Craig

as L.A. Cop

as L.A. Taxi Driver

as Saxophone Player
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Critic Reviews for The Missing Person

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (11)

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

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

"So you make jokes and smoke cigarettes," a lady in the murk summarizes. Yeah. Isn't that enough?

Full Review… | November 20, 2009
New York Post
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

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