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The Missing Person

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Michael Shannon, The Missing Person | YOUR HEARTBEAT SOUNDS IRREGULAR Michael Shannon practices rudimentary surveillance in The Missing Person

The Missing Person

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
96 minutes
performer:
Amy Ryan, Michael Shannon, Linda Emond, Margaret Colin
director:
Noah Buschel
distributor:
Strand Releasing
author:
Noah Buschel
genre:
Comedy, Drama

We gave it a B

Director Noah Buschel’s melancholic neo-modern yarn about a hard-drinking private eye (Revolutionary Road‘s? Michael Shannon) tracking a man reported missing is overly fussy and self-conscious in its noir details. But in The Missing Person, 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. As Shannon mumbles interestingly into a whiskey glass, he’s abetted by a cool, theater-wise cast that includes Amy Ryan, Linda Emond, and Margaret Colin. B

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