Lisa Schwarzbaum
November 24, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

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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