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"The Missing" review by Suzanne 11/29/14
Airs Saturdays 9pm ET/PT on Starz

I'd read about this show in "Entertainment Weekly", but they didn't like it very much. They seemed to think that there were too many TV shows lately that dealt with dead or missing kids, and that the show would end in a depressing way. It probably will, but they don't know for sure, so they're jumping the gun.

I've watched all the same shows they have, like "The Killing" and "Gracepoint" et al. but I don't think that it's been overdone. This is the first one that really focuses on the family of the missing boy and what they go through. Also, it has many layers to it. They show how not only the family but the police, journalists and others are affected, and there are more mysteries about it than you think at first.

This is a British series, but it's set largely in France. A couple on vacation with their boy has their car break down, so they stop in this little nearby town to get it repaired. When the dad takes the boy swimming and then they stop to get a drink, the crowd watching the football match erupts into celebration, and the boy disappears.

The show jumps back and forth between now and then, but it's not confusing. I think most audiences today are used to that sort of thing after shows like "Once Upon a Time", anyway, but they always tell us what year it is and where things are taking place.

I don't get Starz, but you can see the first episode on their site. Thanks to the internet, I was also able to watch a few other episodes (it already aired in the UK, so they're out there if you know where to look). Not that I'm suggesting anyone do that! Starz has a lot of good shows now so you should subscribe to it. You can see some other Starz shows on that same link. Or wait until it comes out on DVD if you're patient.

The show starts very slowly at first, and I'm very impatient, so I wasn't sure I would like it, but then it really starts grabbing you and you want to know what happened. There's more mystery than just what happened to the boy. It *IS* a little sad at times, but it doesn't dwell on the sadness too much. They do a great job of weaving story in this, and the acting is fabulous.

Still, don't expect lots of action because it's not that kind of show. Also, there are quite a few sub-titles. It's worth watching, though.  You want to check this one out!

MORE INFORMATION:

When five year-old Oliver Hughes disappears while on holiday in France, it sets off a manhunt that will last for years to come. “The Missing,” a STARZ Limited Series, is a gripping dramatic thriller that takes you inside the mind of a father, Tony (played by James Nesbitt), desperate to locate his lost son. With help from a local police detective (played by Tcheky Karyo), Tony embarks on an obsessive quest to find his son and those responsible for his disappearance. A gripping puzzle with twists and turns at every stage, Tony’s exhaustive search fractures his relationship with his wife, Emily (played by Frances O’Connor), and threatens to destroy his life. Told through a delicate and complex narrative, “The Missing” unfolds over two time frames simultaneously.

About “The Missing”

“The Missing” is a gripping dramatic thriller that goes inside the mind of a father, Tony Hughes, played by James Nesbitt (The Hobbit trilogy), desperate to locate his lost son. With help from local police detective Julien Baptiste, played by Tcheky Karyo (Goldeneye), Tony embarks on an obsessive quest to find his son and those responsible for his disappearance. A gripping puzzle with twists and turns at every stage, Tony’s exhaustive search fractures his relationship with his wife, Emily, played by Frances O’Connor (A.I.: Artificial Intelligence), and threatens to destroy his life. Told through a delicate and complex narrative, “The Missing” unfolds over two time frames simultaneously.

In addition to Nesbitt, O’Connor and Karyo, the international ensemble cast also includes Emilie Dequenne (Laurence), Arsher Ali (Malik Suri), Titus De Voogdt (Vincent Bourg), Ken Stott (Ian Garrett), Said Taghmaoui (Khalid Ziane), Anamaria Marinca (Rini), Jean-Francois Wolff (Alain) and Astrid Whetnall (Sylvie).

Shot in Brussels, Belgium, “The Missing” is produced by New Pictures and Company Pictures in association with Two Brothers Pictures and Playground and will air on BBC One in the UK in fall of 2014. all3media international retains all US rights not obtained by Starz.

For more information, follow @TheMissing_STZ on Twitter.

From thefutoncritic.com

Starz announced today that the limited series, "The Missing," will debut Saturday, November 15th at 9pm ET/PT on STARZ. The eight-episode dramatic thriller, directed by Tom Shankland ("Ripper Street") and written by Harry Williams and Jack Williams, centers on the psychological fallout and ensuing years-long manhunt resulting from the sudden disappearance of five-year-old Oliver Hughes while on holiday with his parents in France in 2006. "The Missing" is a gripping dramatic thriller that goes inside the mind of a father, Tony Hughes, played by James Nesbitt (The Hobbit trilogy), desperate to locate his lost son. With help from local police detective, Julien Baptiste, played by Tcheky Karyo (Goldeneye), Tony embarks on an obsessive quest to find his son and those responsible for his disappearance. A gripping puzzle with twists and turns at every stage, Tony's exhaustive search fractures his relationship with his wife, Emily, played by Frances O'Connor (A.I.: Artificial Intelligence), and threatens to destroy his life. Told through a delicate and complex narrative, "The Missing" unfolds over two time frames simultaneously.

PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Anamaria Marinca
· Anastasia Hille
· Arsher Ali
· Emile Dequenne
· Eric Godon
· Frances O' Connor as Emily
· James Nesbitt as Tony
· Jason Flemyng as Mark
· Johan Leysen
· Ken Stott
· Said Taghmaoui
· Tcheky Karyo as Julien


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