The Missing Person

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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, Rovi

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Cast

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 (23) | Top Critics (12)

  • The atmosphere of the film is similar to the Ellery Queen detective stories of yesteryear, but the result is not nearly as good.

    Jan 16, 2018 | Full Review…

    Ed Koch

    The Atlantic
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Dec 25, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The real mystery here is how writer-director Noah Buschel talked recent supporting Oscar nominees Michael Shannon and Amy Ryan into doing this movie.

    Dec 18, 2009 | Rating: D | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    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.

    Dec 2, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 1, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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)

    Nov 30, 2009 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Missing Person

  • Apr 28, 2012
    A weird, slowly paced, but yet effectively atmospheric and existential neo noir film. The acting of all involved is strong, with the grainy film and directorial style giving the film a very realistic feel. The result is a rather engrossing experience, even with the sluggish pace. There's a lot here that works, but unfortunately it never really adds up to much in a muddled third act, with a very un-fulfilling and sloppy resolution. Still, there's enough to like to make it an interesting watch for noir fans. 3/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2012
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2011
    "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.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 12, 2011
    Not to good but not bad either.Like watching an updated version of an old 1940's black and white detective movie.
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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