The Knockturnal attended the premiere of Missing at Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Los Angeles, the stand-alone sequel to the hit film Searching. Missing follows teenage-girl June’s journey (played by Storm Reid) to find her mother (played by Nia Long) who went missing on vacation when she was with her boyfriend in Colombia.
Directors and Writers, Nicholas Johnson and Will Merrick, creatively implemented the use of technology to tell the story. Since it was filmed during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the directors used apps like FaceTime, WhatsApp, and Google Maps to portray June’s journey of finding her mom. This tactic enabled the audience to feel like they were experiencing the search with June in real time.
As she was awaiting messages and information from her computer screen, the audience felt like they themselves were about to receive a life altering message, intensifying the suspense. The mystery takes many unexpected twists and keeps audiences questioning who June can truly trust as she tries to find her mom on her own accord.
Missing is a nuanced mystery thriller that will keep audiences engaged throughout June’s journey. You can see Missing in theaters starting January 20th!