"Missing Persons" Is Definitely Missing Something

In this mystery drama, John Rosow (Michael Shannon) serves as the protagonist--a former New York City police officer working as a private investigator in Chicago. He is hired to follow Frank Wood (Harold Fullmer). Rosow soon uncovers that Wood is one of the listed missing persons from the Twin Towers collapse on 9/11. Rosow is promised $500,000 if he delivers Wood back to his wife.

Rosow follows Wood on a long train ride from Chicago to Los Angeles. Rosow captures Wood and brings him to New York. However, Wood is not so keen on the idea of reuniting with his wife. The final question is, will Rosow compel him to do so?  Believe me, it's not worth seeing the film to learn that answer or hope to understand the film's meaning.

The atmosphere of the film is similar to the Ellery Queen detective stories of yesteryear, but the result is not nearly as good. The scenes were overwhelmingly shot in dim light, and I found the short, gravelly conversations provided at a low decibel level difficult to understand.

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Ed Koch was mayor of NYC from 1978 to 1989. He's credited with restoring fiscal stability to the city and creating affordable housing. He's also a film buff. More

Mayor Koch saved New York City from bankruptcy and restored the pride of New Yorkers during his three terms as mayor from 1978-1989. He restored fiscal stability by placing the city on a GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Practices) balanced budget. He created a housing program that provided more than 150,000 units of affordable housing and created New York City's first merit judicial selection system. Prior to being mayor, Mr. Koch served for nine years as a congressman and two years as a member of the New York City Council. He attended City College of New York from 1941 to 1943. He was drafted into the Army his last year of college and served with the 104th Infantry Division. He received two battle stars and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant in 1946. He received his LL.B. degree from the New York University School of Law in 1948 and began to practice law immediately thereafter. He is currently a partner in the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP and hosts a call-in radio program on Bloomberg AM 1130 (WBBR). Mr. Koch appears weekly on NY1 television and is the author of ten autobiographical books.

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