Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Missing In America Movie Review

Missing in America (2005) is a moving masterpiece. Jake Neeley (Danny Glover) is a Vietnam War veteran living a solitary life in the forest of the Pacific Northwest. He quietly lives there taking care of his plants and animals only going into the small town nearby to pick up rations from a store owned by Kate (Linda Hamilton). He attempts to find peace from his years in the service.

One day a member of his old platoon shows up with his daughter Lenny (Zoe Weizenbaum). Henry tells Jake he is dying of lung cancer and asks for him to take his daughter (who is part Vietnamese). He adamantly says he can not and when he awakens one night he finds his old friend is gone and she is still in his home.

Jake is thrown into disarray trying to figure out how to handle the situation. Lenny is a zesty sweet girl and before long finds her way into his heart. They learn more about each other and she meets various other vets he helps; some of which are hostile towards her. Kate is a close friend for him as issues arise. Is Jake finally destined for happiness as he starts to heal his wounds?

This powerful emotional film comes alive with amazing scenery and talented acting. Make sure the tissues are close at hand! The movie is nicely paced with many funny parts and was a true honor to watch.

8 out of 10 - PG-13

Come back to share your thoughts after you have watched this great movie. Pick it up for under $10 at Amazon.