Starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek, Missing is political filmmaker extraordinaire Costa-Gavras’s compelling, controversial dramatization of the search for American filmmaker and journalist Charles Horman, who mysteriously disappeared during the 1973 coup in Chile.
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Not in the same class as Z—the atmosphere can feel stagy, and the cinematic energy often relies on the political meaning rather than creating it. But the US-centric POV pays off in a study of failing American naivety: the right's faith in the establishment, the left's faith in idealistic activism, and everyone's faith that being American makes them untouchable. Solid agitprop thriller, and Lemmon brings the arc home.
Deservedly won the Palme d'Or. Features career best performances from Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek. More relevant now than ever before in its dissection of the U.S. government's corrupt manipulation of other nations and the many people who suffer as a consequence.
Gavras gives 'Missing' an eerie docu-drama feel that sets it apart from other major politically charged studio releases. Although being a very distinctive example of the typical American direction vs. European direction, it does bring back to memory other phenomenal achievements such as 'In Cold Blood' and 'Call Northside 777'. This one is also a must for aspiring filmmakers.
Easily one of the best political thrillers I've ever seen. It's incredibly well acted, really sensibly directed, photographed and edited. The score by Vangelis adds a strange tension to the film and the script is perfectly written (fluid and meaningful dialogues, powerful scenes and silences...). A MUST SEE!
Costa-Gavras has balls of steel. A great film that twists and turns with the best of them, but it has power thanks to Lemmon (cast against type), who is so believable and personable as a man witnessing his patriotic idealism shattered in slow motion, along with the rest of us.
Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek are so natural. Have you ever watched the show Without A Trace? This is basically a feature length version of that show, but with no detectives. The family has to search for themselves. It also seems to have some similarities to the newer movie, In the Valley of Elah.
Another interesting film about political corruption by COSTA-GAVRAS, consisting of roughly the same ingredients as Z, making it to a great extent as interesting as that one. MISSING is somewhat more sentimental and less raw, but it does have a score by VANGELIS. Bottom line: if you like realistic, interesting stories of political corruption, Z is a masterpiece and if you liked that you're going to like this as well.