The Missing

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It's rather frightening how much this movie and "The Last Samurai" have in common with each other (and with other failed Hollywood epics). Their basic similarity consists of central characters who are cast by the director because they're a marketable ethnicity. This puts the movie in the ludicrous position of essentially lauding white supremacy. As you know, whites are better at everything. They're better Samurai warriors than actual Samurai warriors and they're better Native Americans than actual Native Americans. A white person can do just about anything when he sets his mind to it -- aren't white people amazing?

In "The Missing," Samuel Jones left his family and went to live with the Indians (so he's Indian Jones, right?). Now he's returned because he needs some doctoring from daughter Maggie (Cate Blanchett). She hates his guts and hates Indians also. Unfortunately, her prissy daughter, Lily (Evan Rachel Wood), gets kidnapped by some Indians and is going to be sold to some Mexicans, which doubles the minority horror for Maggie, so she sets out with her father to find them.

To make things more exciting, they bring along Maggie's youngest, Dot (Jenna Boyd), so she can get into harm's way. Dot's very headstrong, like her mother, and swears she will follow if left behind, so Maggie relents and takes her daughter on a life-threatening adventure because, well, she's just so damn headstrong and that's the way kids were in the West.

So basically, you've got this white man who's a better Indian than the Indians, riding along with his daughter, who's a doctor, and her young daughter. Really, it's nothing short of a miracle they all aren't skinned alive. I actually kind of hoped for that, because it would have made things a whole lot shorter.

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