The Missing Person

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  • Summary: John Rosow is a private detective hired to tail a man, Harold Fullmer, on a train from Chicago to Los Angeles. Rosow gradually uncovers Harold’s identity as a missing person. Persuaded by a large reward, Rosow is charged with bringing Harold back to his wife in New York City against hisJohn Rosow is a private detective hired to tail a man, Harold Fullmer, on a train from Chicago to Los Angeles. Rosow gradually uncovers Harold’s identity as a missing person. Persuaded by a large reward, Rosow is charged with bringing Harold back to his wife in New York City against his will. Ultimately Rosow must confront whether the decision to return Harold to a life that no longer exists is the right one. (Strand Releasing) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 75
    Rising star Michael Shannon makes a riveting shamus hired to chase a runaway husband in the quiet but resonant little noir The Missing Person.
  2. 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.
  3. Sluggish, stylized and frequently washed in a bilious green tint, The Missing Person is yet oddly irresistible.
  4. Despite honoring noir genre conventions, Buschel also draws upon his fertile imagination in dialogue and in storytelling that allows his film gradually to accrue meaning.
  5. 58
    Shannon’s performance takes The Missing Person as far as it goes, but when a real-world tragedy commandeers the story, Buschel’s thin pastiche falls to pieces.
  6. A low-key mystery that's initially engaging but ultimately lacks sufficient intrigue to sustain interest.
  7. 40
    The film has been gesturing toward a profundity that isn't there.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. LeroyJ
    Dec 6, 2009
    9
    Wonderful, unique take on noir.

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