Missing Movie Reviews and Movie Recaps (2023)

The new film from the writer/director duo of Nick Johnson and Will Merrick, based on a story by Aneesh Chaganty and Sev Ohanian’s original “Find” team, takes exactly the same approach. It pulls off an impressive narrative high-wire act, but has a few too many twists and ultimately wears out much of the realism that has long been appealing. more attractive in terms of Because the character front and center is her 18-year-old high school senior who has been interacting with this kind of technology her whole life. Put it out as he goes along.

Storm Reed June is a master multitasker and wizard of the World Wide Web. It’s like watching Lydia Tár conduct her Berlin Philharmonic, using only FaceTime and her Venmo and Spotify. Even before her widowed mother, Grace (lovely Nia Her Long), leaves for a vacation in Colombia with new boyfriend Kevin (Ken Her Leon), we know June skips between tabs. We learn a lot about how she spends her days just by watching her do it. she taps on her keyboard She frequently leaves her computer camera behind, giving us glimpses of her bedroom and how she interacts with people in the real world. and quickly proves that June is both smart and smart ass.

But if Grace and Kevin didn’t show up at LAX as planned (as evidenced by June setting up her cell phone to capture the moment she greeted them at baggage claim), her instincts and online years of experience will start in earnest. She feels her fear growing as she struggles to communicate with the front desk clerk at her Cartagena hotel, who speaks only Spanish. However, she is a very resourceful problem solver and finds herself able to navigate the city remotely with the help of Google Maps and a Taskrabbit-style errand boy named Javi (Joaquim de Almeida brings a welcome warmth and humor to this suspenseful scenario). .

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