Western set in 1886 starring Tommy Lee Jones as Samuel Jones, a wanderer who abandoned his family years before to travel with a band of Apaches in New Mexico. Over the years, his conscience eats away at him and he finally resolves to return to the family he left years before. But on arrival at the homestead, he finds his wife long dead and his grown-up daughter Maggie (Cate Blanchett) and her husband Brake (Aaron Eckhart) filled with bitterness about the past, unforgiving and unwelcoming. Amid a tide of recriminations Jones decides to leave the family - but when a band of ruthless bandits ransacks the homestead, killing Maggie's husband and kidnapping her teenage daughter Lily (Evan Rachel Wood), he becomes Maggie's only hope. Can he track down the bandits before they disappear with Lily into Mexico?
Cate Blanchett blazes through The Missing
, a new Western directed by Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind
, Apollo 13
). The camera truly loves the planes of her face; even dusty and bedraggled, she radiates star power--which is good, because The Missing
needs it. When her daughter is kidnapped by renegade Indians, Maggie Gilkeson (Blanchett) is forced to turn to her estranged father (Tommy Lee Jones, Men in Black
, The Fugitive
), a man who abandoned her as a child to join an Indian tribe. Together, they pursue a malignant brujo (or witch), who sells young girls in Mexico. The Missing
features solid supporting performances from Evan Rachel Wood, Eric Schweig, Aaron Eckhart, Val Kilmer, and feisty young Jenna Boyd as Maggie's youngest daughter Dot, who refuses to be left behind. Despite the cast and some gorgeous cinematography, though, The Missing
never finds its stride. --Bret Fetzer
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.