The Missing Person (2009)
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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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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.
The real mystery here is how writer-director Noah Buschel talked recent supporting Oscar nominees Michael Shannon and Amy Ryan into doing this movie.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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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
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."
"The Missing Person" starts at 5:11 am in Chicago as John Rosow(Michael Shannon), a private investigator, is woken from his slumber with a phone call from Drexler Hewitt, a lawyer, to offer him a well-paying job. As Hewitt's assistant Charley(Amy Ryan) explains it, he needs Rosow to trail a middle-aged man(Frank Wood) on the California Zephyr to Los Angeles. Once on board, he spots his quarry with a hispanic boy. And once in Los Angeles, Rosow finds himself not alone in his pursuit, as he chats with a couple of FBI Agents(Liza Weil & Daniel Franzese) who give him a pair of sunglasses to blend in. "The Missing Person" is a moody and atmospheric neo-quasi-retro-semi noir with a droll sense of humor. Michael Shannon does well in hardboiled mode but we could have definitely seen more of Amy Ryan.(As with any movie of the last three years, for that matter.) Set in the present day, the movie does feel out of sync at times, as Rosow stands out in his suit and tie in a profession some see as outdated. That's not to mention his problem with working a cell phone that can take photos to which he is not alone. Even the train is a classic model.(Am I picky for pointing out that the California Zephyr goes to San Francisco, not Los Angeles? You're right, I probably am.) This only emphasizes the movie's theme of displacement, as the characters wish they were back in another time where everything made sense and they were happy. This is not really nostalgia, just wishful thinking in trying to recapture something that is lost forever.