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The Missing (Superbit Collection) (2003)

Tommy Lee Jones , Cate Blanchett , Ron Howard  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood, Jenna Boyd, Aaron Eckhart
  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Writers: Ken Kaufman, Thomas Eidson
  • Producers: Aldric La'auli Porter, Brian Grazer, Daniel Ostroff, Kathleen McGill, Louisa Velis
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002VYOXG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,388 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The Oscar(r)-winning team of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (2001, A Beautiful Mind, Best Director, BestPicture) present a riveting, spine-tingling thriller destined to become a classic! Academy Award(r)-nominee Cate Blanchett (1998, Elizabeth, Best Actress in a Leading Role) is Maggie, a young plainswoman raising her daughters in the desolate wilderness of New Mexico. When daughter Lily (Evan RachelWood, Thirteen) is snatched by a dark-hooded phantom with shape-shifting powers, Maggie's long-estranged father Oscar(r)-winner Tommy Lee Jones (1993, The Fugitive, Best Actor in a Supporting Role) appears suddenly, offering help. Though stunned by his return, Maggie knows she must swallow both hurtand pride if she is ever to see Lily again. Unaware of the frightening events that lurk in the distance, father and daughter set out to track down the fiend that took Lily. But lying in wait is horror so unspeakable it will change them forever!

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Was A Good Movie March 16, 2006
By Randy
I find myself shaking my head about the trashing this movie received from some. I am beginning to think many modern viewers have already seen everything on the face of the Earth and can NEVER be impressed anymore by any new movies.

This is a very tense and entertaining movie. It held my attention throughout however I am an adult who can pay attention and some viewing the movie probably cannot. It is exceptionally well acted and the cinematography is great. In short, I give a "well done" to Ron Howard and others who made the film
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Much Missing from "The Missing" July 2, 2004
New Mexico has one of the most beautiful and haunting landscapes in the United States. Desert, arroyo, plains, twisted wood and rock formations, and a sky that is like something out of a dream. In The Missing, this landscape shifts constantly, evoking fantastic and surreal images that lend well to the mood of the story.
Cate Blanchett stars as Maggie, a tough and independent frontier "healer," who is also a single mother of two girls. Her independence is not enough to save her from the nightmare that erupts when a renegade Apache brujo (sorceror/male witch) kidnaps her teenage daughter Lily. The Brujo is selling young women as sex slaves in Mexico. This man is one bad Indian. Like Lonesome Dove's Blue Duck, the Brujo lends this gritty Western authenticity in these days of forced diversity and political correctness. Not to give anything of the story away, let's just say the villian's methods of killing are creative. This makes The Missing a very violent and disturbing movie.
Tommy Lee Jones stars as Maggie's estranged father. He is steeped in Indian ways himself, having lived with the Chirakawa tribe when he abandoned his family when Maggie was a little girl. Consequently, Maggie has intense hatred for her father. One of the very touching elements in the story is young Dot's eagerness to get to know her grandfather over her mother's rage. Revenge is not served up here, rather repentance is. Going after what you love, what has been taken from you, has consequences. Maggie's outright revulsion for Indians also has a terrible and unforseen consequence in the movie. Indian magic and witchcraft is real in this film, blending with the shape-shifting landscape. For further understanding of Native American witchcraft, Tony Hillerman's novel Skinwalkers is good.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding March 31, 2006
I am not typically a fan of historical movies, and I saw it only because I was on vacation and it was one of the rentals available. I was blown away! It was an intelligent thriller, with a great story, and lots of tension. By the end of the movie, I was on the edge of my seat, dying to see how it would all play out. I'm stunned at some of the negative reviews posted here. But, if you want the typical Hollywood no-brainer film, then this isn't for you. If you like an intelligent, gripping story, then this one won't disappoint!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle, Piercing, Intensity. August 22, 2005
The reviews on this venue can certainly portray a wide spectrum of reactions to a film, and that can make for some interesting reading. My reaction to this film is essentially the opposite of what seems to be the prevailing view of it.

The premise of the story did not particularly catch my attention, but when I sat down to watch it, I found myself captivated. I thought the story telling was some of the most intense I had ever seen. The subtle direction of Ron Howard, mixed with some acute realism, and then some fearful mysticism, combined to pierce my psyche. I was a bit drained at its conclusion-that does not often happen to this viewer.

My introduction to Cate Blanchett was with Bill Murray in "The Life Aquatic." The dichotomy of these roles for her could hardly be more extreme: from the height of inanity to great intensity. It's good to see her in a role that accesses her talents.

As for Tommy Lee Jones, his character and his handling of it were to me convincing, and this authenticity I again attribute to the subtlety of its rendering. His life story, as told in the film, is just that of a man following his star as he sees it, and this results in some tragedy for others. What could be more true-to-life than a strong man leading a life that is heroic in some respects, but harmful to others in other respects? Examining this life creates considerable pathos.

On one point there seems to be unanimity: the passion of young Jenna Boyd. Wow!

It would be remiss to not acknowledge the artistry that went into creating the El Brujo character played by Eric Schweig. This story required a character of incarnate evil, and the direction, acting, and make-up pull this off masterfully.

This is very, very good film-making.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What More Could You Want in a Western? October 20, 2005
By Wuchak
I'm a bit flabbergasted by the many low reviews for this Ron Howard Western. Did we see the same movie? The filmmaking is of the highest order and the story slowly captivates you. The characters are good and realistic: Tommy Lee Jones plays a white man gone injun who returns to his adult daughter whom he inexplicably deserted years earlier. Cate Blanchett portrays the unforgiving daughter who is an unmarried doctor and mother of two girls in the New Mexican wilderness.

One of the best characters is the Apache witchdocter who kidnaps one of Blanchett's daughters. Played by Eric Schweig, this is one of the most memorable villains in cinematic history, ranking up there with the deadly fop from "Rob Roy." The witchdoctor (or "brujo") is a true fiend of the lowest depth; the incarnation of heartless evil itself.

The last hour or so of the film takes place in some fine Southwest locations; if you love the Southwest, be sure to check out this film.

For a more detailed account of the film please read John M. Walker's excellent review just below mine. His words are so accurate that it would be meaningless for me to add anything. I'd just like to finish this review by addressing a criticism from Roger Ebert:

Ebert criticizes how unbelievable it is that Jones and Blanchett are able to outdo the indians at being indians. Yet anyone who watches the film will observe that their realistic plan is to simply BUY BACK the girls from the brujo and his clan, not confront them in an unwise melee. Secondly, other indians join their cause and therefore it's not just a group of white folks trying to outdo indians at being indian. Thirdly, Jones lived with the indians for years, so if anyone could outdo the indians at being indian it would be someone like him.
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