Tech-en

Emmett J Scanlan and Miranda Raison in My Daughter Is Missing (2017)

Whilst once upon a time Sara (Miranda Raison) was known for her skills as a hacker but these days she has turned things around and uses those skills to become a respected Internet security specialist. It is one of the reasons she is in Belgrade as she has been invited to give a talk at a conference on cyber crime, the other as it gives her a chance to see her daughter Karissa (Sophie Robertson) who is studying there with friend Laura (Jovana Stojiljkovic). But whilst there both Karissa and Laura end up being kidnapped by a human trafficking operation. With her skills in cyber crime and a friendship with Alek (Emmett J Scanlan) a local private detective it is a race against time to save them.

Whilst Liam Neeson gave us "Taken" you could say that with this movie Miranda Raison is giving us "Tech-en". Okay it is a bad use of words but this is basically another take on the "Taken" formula where a skilled person will use their skills to do what ever it takes to save their child who has been kidnapped in a foreign country. To try and make this more than just a hacker version of "Taken" it does try to add different layers to the story from Sara's ex husband having used the skills she taught him for bad leading to trust issues when it comes to a cop and a private detective saying each other can't be trusted. Whilst it fills out the movie as we watch Sara break in to places to hack in to computers or view surveillance equipment it doesn't distract you from this being a "Taken" like movie but without the same amount of excitement.

As for the acting well to be honest whilst Miranda Raison wasn't terrible some of her responses just simply didn't ring true of a mother fearing for her daughter. It isn't just when it comes to Miranda Raison as Sara as the dialogue throughout the movie is the sort which is falsely dramatic and as such everyone involved delivers the sort of performance which is ultimately forgettable.

What this all boils down to is that "My Daughter Is Missing" isn't a terrible movie but it is one which due to its familiarity always makes you compare it to other movies which use the same sort of storyline and do a better job with them.

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