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Aro Recommended Missing Person, The

 

USA 2009, 95 minutes
Dir. Noah Buschel
Genres: Drama / Film Noir

 

Aroview: A strange hybrid of neo-noir gestures and the contemporary human condition, with dough-faced Michael Shannon (perfect as a Bogart stand in) playing an anachronistically-styled private eye hired to shadow a man whose background, it turns out, has something to do with 9/11.

While it never quite finds the right balance between serious introspection and gumshoe detective tropes, Shannon is a highly watchable character actor who picks the film up, even when it drags its heels in murky pastiche.

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