One of the most horrifying concepts any parent can consider is the abduction of their child. This reprehensible act is one of the most terrifying and gut-wrenching things a human being can endure. As such, it makes the perfect concept for a thrilling TV show. The fine folks at Starz recognized this when they signed on for THE MISSING, a BBC limited series that hits store shelves tomorrow. And let me tell you: although the basis for this show might sound familiar, I can almost guarantee you’ve never seen the likes of this before. If you are a fan of shows like TRUE DETECTIVE, then you’ll definitely want to check out THE MISSING.
If you are not familiar with THE MISSING, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment:
When five year-old Oliver Hughes disappears while on holiday in France, it sets off a nearly decade-long search for his whereabouts. “The Missing,” a STARZ Limited Series, is a dramatic thriller that takes you inside the mind of a father, Tony (played by James Nesbitt of The Hobbit trilogy and Jekyll), desperate to locate his lost son. With help from a legendary detective (played by Tchéky Karyo of Goldeneye and The Patriot), 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 of “Mr. Selfridge” and A.I.: Artificial Intelligence), and threatens to destroy his life. Told through a complex narrative, “The Missing” unfolds over two time frames simultaneously.
I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this one. I knew the premise, but I wasn’t sure if the intensity would be there. I’m very happy to report it is…and then some! Filled with twists and turns, this series is a definite keeper in the Starz lineup!
THE MISSING is shot well and looks to have a high production value. It is filmed overseas, which makes the locations and backdrops all exotic, in a sense. This adds a whole different level of interest to the show, and it even adds to the tension in the storyline. The ‘stranger in a strange land’ concept goes far in lending stress to the plot.
The acting is top notch as well, with several big names headlining the cast. James Nesbitt portrays the distraught father, Tony. Nesbitt does a mesmerizing job with his role and is supported by an excellent team that includes Frances O’Connor, who plays Tony’s wife; Tcheky Karyo as Detective Julien Baptiste; Jason Flemyng; Said Taghmaoui; and several others.
There’s not many special effects in THE MISSING, but the show does not need them. The plot is what drives the show, and it’s filled with tension and mystery. Each episode brings about startling revelations that leave the viewer frothing at the mouth for more. I daresay this is one of the best series the BBC has come out with in a while. I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.
THE MISSING is a superb show, and I highly recommend it. This first season is only eight episodes long, but they are crammed full of drama and suspense. This is one series to watch out for. It releases tomorrow, so make a note.