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Directed by
  • Will Merrick
  • Nick Johnson
Screenplay by
  • Will Merrick
  • Nick Johnson
Story by
  • Sev Ohanian
  • Aneesh Chaganty
Produced by
  • Natalie Qasabian
  • Sev Ohanian
  • Aneesh Chaganty
  • Timur Bekmambetov
  • Storm Reid
  • Joaquim de Almeida
  • Ken Leung
  • Amy Landecker
  • Daniel Henney
  • Nia Long
CinematographySteven Holleran
Edited by
  • Austin Keeling
  • Arielle Zakowski
Music byJulian Scherle


  • Stage 6 Films
  • Screen Gems
  • Bazelevs Company
  • Search Party
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing

Release dates

  • January 19, 2023 (Sundance)
  • January 20, 2023 (United States)

Running time

111 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States[1]
Budget$7 million[2]
Box office$48.8 million[3][4]

Missing is a 2023 American screenlife thriller film written and directed by Will Merrick and Nick Johnson (in their feature directorial debuts) from a story by Sev Ohanian and Aneesh Chaganty, who also produced the film with Natalie Qasabian. The film is a standalone sequel to tát Searching (2018). It stars Storm Reid, Joaquim de Almeida, Ken Leung, Amy Landecker, Daniel Henney, and Nia Long. Its plot follows June Allen, a teenager who tries to tát find her missing mother after she disappears on vacation in Colombia with her new boyfriend.

An anthology sequel to tát Searching was announced in 2019, with Merrick and Johnson, who edited the first film, signing on to tát make their directorial debuts in January 2021. Reid and Long joined the cast in the spring of 2021, and filming took place in Los Angeles from March to tát May that year after delays due to tát the COVID-19 pandemic. Missing also serves as a spiritual sequel to tát Run (2020), directed by Searching director Chaganty and edited by Merrick and Johnson, confirming the fates of that film's characters.

Missing had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2023, and was released in the United States the following day, by Sony Pictures Releasing. The film received generally positive reviews from critics and grossed $48 million at the box office.


In an archive video clip, a 6-year-old June Allen is with her deceased father James, who died from a brain tumor shortly after the video clip was made. Twelve years later, June's mother Grace leaves for a week-long trip to tát Cartagena, Colombia, with her boyfriend Kevin, leaving a now 18-year-old June in the care of Grace's friend Heather, a divorce lawyer who expresses some jealousy at Grace's relationship with Kevin.

A week later, June awaits her mother and Kevin at LAX, but they never arrive, and an inquiry at the khách sạn reveals that their luggage never left. When the FBI attaché at the American consulate in Colombia are unable to tát make any headway, June decides to tát investigate herself using an array of digital tools at her disposal. She hires Javier, a Colombian gig worker who complies with June's requests for a small fee.

June cracks the password to tát Kevin's Gmail tài khoản, in which she discovers a number of aliases and a criminal record of scamming many women for their money. Believing Kevin to tát have kidnapped her mother, June has Javier look for clues as to tát their whereabouts in Colombia. She traces Kevin's past movements to tát a location in Nevada, where she talks to tát Jimmy, who tells her he is a pastor at a Christian rehabilitation center for ex-convicts. Jimmy tells her that Kevin has been rehabilitated and is genuinely in love with Grace. June eventually accesses Kevin's online dating profile, where past messages reveal that her mother was already aware of Kevin's past.

FBI agent Elijah Park informs June that he received footage of a band of criminals kidnapping Kevin and Grace in Colombia. June quickly unmasks this as a fabricated sự kiện, as she discovered Kevin had hired a lookalike actress named Rachel Page to tát impersonate her mother, who had been kidnapped en-route to tát LAX beforehand. As the case makes national headlines, Rachel confesses she was unaware of Kevin's intentions when she accompanied him to tát Colombia. It is later revealed that Grace went by another name in the past, sparking speculation online that she had something to tát vì thế with her own disappearance. Swearing by her mother's innocence, June's suspicions fall on Heather when she discovers an encrypted line of communication between her and Kevin, leading June to tát confront Heather intending to tát capture evidence of her wrongdoing, but finds her office ransacked with her computer in the process of being erased. She then discovers Heather's corpse in a storage closet.

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Later, June views live footage of a police raid in Colombia focusing on Kevin, who is shot and killed despite surrendering. Seemingly at a dead kết thúc, June is about to tát give up and shut off her computer, but instead listens to tát her mother's past voice messages. While listening, she figures out the password to tát her mother's gmail. Checking through her blocked users, she finds a threatening e-mail directed at Grace, which leads her to tát discover security cameras that Kevin bought to tát install at an abandoned house, which happens to tát be her old vacation trang chính in Nevada. Just then, Jimmy calls June and indicates he has some information about Grace.

Jimmy arrives and reveals that he is June's father James. He claims that Grace was emotionally unstable and took June away from him after having him arrested under false charges. However, when he unwittingly reveals he was in the same prison around the same time Kevin was incarcerated, June realizes James and Kevin planned the entire ruse. It is revealed that James was a drug addict whose abuse endangered his family; Grace and Heather had told June he died of cancer in order to tát protect her. James sought revenge by enlisting Kevin, whom he met in prison, to tát pose as a prospective boyfriend ví he could find Grace and June.

James kidnaps June and takes her to tát the abandoned house, where Grace is also detained in a shed. When Grace finds out that James had taken June, she successfully runs away, leaving James locked in the shed for a short amount of time. Grace and June reunite before James locks both of them inside a room. James shortly comes back asking for June, and Grace attempts to tát protect June but is shot. James tries to tát leave with June, but Grace fatally stabs him in the neck with a shard of broken glass. James locks them inside the room again and attempts to tát tìm kiếm for a nearby hospital on his computer, but dies while doing ví. June, realizing James never shut off her máy tính when he kidnapped her, uses the audio feed on the security cameras to tát tell Siri to tát gọi 911, resulting in Grace and June being rescued by the police.

One year later, Grace has survived her gunshot wound, and June is in college. Their story has been adapted on the true crime show Unfiction, and Grace has started a friendship with Javier, who has reconnected with his estranged son, after June introduced them. June texts her mother that she loves her, and Grace responds that she loves her too.


  • Storm Reid as June Allen
    • Ava Zaria Lee as 6-year-old June
  • Joaquim de Almeida as Javier Ramos
  • Ken Leung as Kevin Lin
  • Amy Landecker as Heather Damore
  • Megan Suri as Veena
  • Tim Griffin as James Walker
  • Daniel Henney as Agent Elijah Park
  • Nia Long as Grace Allen
  • Michael Segovia as Angel
  • Lauren B. Mosley as Rachel
  • Tracy Vilar as Detective Gomez
  • Sean O'Bryan as Radio Host


In August 2019, a standalone sequel to tát Searching (2018) was announced to tát be in development, with the original film's director, Aneesh Chaganty, clarifying that the story would not "follow the same characters or plot line as the original", making the series an anthology.[5] In November 2020, producer Natalie Qasabian said the COVID-19 pandemic had postponed production on the film, simply going under the title Searching 2.[6] In January 2021, it was announced that Will Merrick and Nick Johnson, the editors on the first film and Chaganty's Run (2020), would write and direct the film in their directorial debuts, with additional literary material by Micah Ariel Watson, and producer of Unfriended and Searching Timur Bekmambetov to tát executive produce the sequel with Ohanian, Chaganty, and Qasabian.[7][8] In the following months, Storm Reid and Nia Long joined the cast.[9][10]

Principal photography took place from March 30 to tát May 30, 2021, in Los Angeles, California.[11] In September 2022, the film's title was revealed to tát be Missing, with the film mix for a 2023 release date.[12] In November 2022, producer and co-story writer Sev Ohanian revealed on Reddit that the film would also be mix after Run, serving as an epilogue to tát the events of that film as well as a continuation of Searching.[13]


Missing was theatrically released in the United States on January đôi mươi, by Sony Pictures Releasing under their Screen Gems banner.[14] It was originally scheduled for February 24, 2023.[12][15]

Home media[edit]

Missing was released on Amazon Prime Video on March 7, 2023, and on DVD and Blu-ray on March 28, 2023.[16] It was then released on Netflix on May 20th, and became the number 1 most streamed movie in the US within 2 days.

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Box office[edit]

Missing grossed $32.5 million in the United States and Canada, and $16.3 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $48.8 million.[3][4]

Missing made $3.4 million on its first day, including $760,000 from Thursday night previews.[2] It went on to tát debut to tát a $9.2 million weekend, finishing fourth behind holdovers Avatar: The Way of Water, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and M3GAN.[17] The film made $5.7 million in its second weekend, finishing in sixth.[18]

Critical response[edit]

On the review aggregator trang web Rotten Tomatoes, 88% of 145 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 6.8/10. The website's consensus reads: "Missing can strain credulity in its efforts to tát keep the audience guessing, but a fast pace and relatable fears keep this twisty techno-thriller from completely losing its way."[19] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 66 out of 100, based on 32 critics, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.[20] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to tát F scale, while those polled by PostTrak gave it an 81% positive score, with 60% saying they would definitely recommend it.[2]

See also[edit]

  • List of films featuring surveillance


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External links[edit]

  • Official website
  • Missing at IMDb