We decided to pick up The Missing with Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blancett. Bdot picked this one out… and typically her selections have been bombs and/or disappointing picks. (We even turned one off…) However… while this wasn’t earth shattering… it was a pretty entertaining film. Set in New Mexico circa 1880 it is based on a mother desperate to rescue her daughter who was kidnapped by a curious band of native Americans. The side plot involves Tommy Lee as the estranged father of Blancett’s character (the mother) who enters into her life and helps her track the kidnappers. The *villains* especially the kidnapper’s leader, are a pretty intimidating bunch. I guess Hollywood was out of *terrorist* villains. Anyways – as the story unfolds we learn more about the relationship between father and daughter and understand why they are so distant. I enjoyed the scenery, *New Mexico* was nicely shot by Ron Howard. The religious undertones between Christianity and native spiritualism was also interesting. Tommy’s nasty hair wig however, was not. Not bad to kill an evening when there is nothing on the tube.
unsung rating: *** 1/2