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|The Missing (DVD, 2004, Superbit)Cate Blanchett,Tommy Lee Jones,Dir. Ron Howard|
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I've heard a lot of people say "if you've seen one western, you've seen 'em all." After seeing a bunch of John Wayne movies, I was inclined to agree. After seeing "The Missing"....I'm still inclined to agree.
This is a movie that features great actors giving good performances for a pretty bad story. To be brief about it, Tommy Lee Jones plays the father of Cate Blanchett's character, who shows up at her doorstep years after abandoning the family to live among the Indians. Blanchett has become a well established doctor in 1885 New Mexico, and wants nothing to do with him, or her two daughters, or her sex toy.
Blanchett's oldest daughter Lilly, (Evan Rachel Wood) is quite horomonal, and eventually she and her younger sister Dot are accompanied into town by Cate's boyfriend for a "future" show. Along the way, they get attacked by Indians, leaving two people dead, Miss Wood kidnapped, and Dot left screaming in the woods for mommy.
In short, Cate enlists Tommy Lee Jones to help track the Indians down and stop them from selling her daughter (along with several other girls) into prostitution in Mexico. Dot, of course, is brought along for the ride since "she would've just followed us anyway"
This leads to a couple of pretty intense battle scenes, and a lot of slow moving scenes with little but dialogue designed to try to make us feel for the family.
But yet we can't feel for the family, as we know nothing is going to happen to the daughter! There is one scene where she gets loose from her rope, frees another woman, attempts to ride away on a horse, gets caught, and gets kicked and whipped a few times as punishment.
Totally not believable, especially with the other stuff going on in that scene, which I won't get into details about.
The film is a long journey of close calls, near misses, and poorly written dialogue that leaves you wondering why you should care for these characters.
Still, the actors did very very well with what they were given, and Ron Howard, as usual, directed the heck out of this film. There are a lot of very gorgeous shots in this one.
It gets a solid B out of me.
Ron Howard has come a long way from his days as Opie in Mayberry. The sceneery is breathtaking, and the cast is outstanding. Tommy Lee Jones is a perfect fit for the father "gone Indian", while Cate Blanchett gives a solid performance as a woman holding her own in the wilderness. The outstanding performance in my mind is given by Eric Schweig as Chidin, the evil Apache witch. His acting is second to none in this film, a very convincing visual treat. Jenna Boyd is excellent as Dot, the younger daughter who goes on the chase with her mother and grandfather.
This is a bit rough to watch in some places, a bit brutal, but then the west was a brutal place full of conflict and death, and spirits. Anyone who thinks the witchcraft aspect of this movie is over the top should enlighten themselves about the Indians' beliefs about the spirit world. To this day, there are still "good" medicine men, and "bad" medicine men, and this movie is in no way anti-Indian for depicting this.
This movie is about the eternal struggle of good vs. evil, very well done.
In 19th-century New Mexico, a father (Tommy Lee Jones) comes back home, hoping to reconcile with his adult daughter Maggie (Cate Blanchett). Maggie's daughter is kidnapped, forcing father and estranged daughter to work together to get her back.
This is a great movie Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchett are superb in this film. This film is graphic no sex but has torcher in it. a must for your DVD Collection.....
This is a first rate Western with Tommy Lee Jones in the role of a neglectful father who comes back to help his daughter recover her kidnapped daughter from renegades. The setting is New Mexico in the nineteenth century and the depiction is not the all too typical romantic west.
The action scenes are vivid... with lots of violence. The ending is suitable for a movie of this genre.
I bought this movie because I liked the idea of indian lore in it ( even if it is Hollywood) Tommy Lee Jones is a very seasoned actor and was right for the part. Cate Blanchet also did a good job of being the wronged daughter by her father for neglecting her and her mother when she was young . The fact that he finally shows up ( just in time ) when he is needed is a plus as well especially with a child being kidnaped . I do enjoy movies that have just about anything to do with Indians , Hollywood or not , I can figure out fact from fiction myself. Thank you ELaine Repoza