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
YOUR HEARTBEAT SOUNDS IRREGULAR Michael Shannon practices rudimentary surveillance in The Missing Person
Genre: Comedy, Drama; Starring: Amy Ryan, Michael Shannon, Linda Emond, Margaret Colin; Director: Noah Buschel; Author: Noah Buschel; Runtime (in minutes): 96; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: Strand Releasing
Posted November 24 2009 — 12:00 AM EST
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