Missing and Alone (2021 Lifetime)

Missing and Alone (2021 Lifetime)

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Cast: Megan Best, CindyMarie Small, Verity Marks, Alex Poch-Goldin

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

After her husband James’s death, Shannon focuses on work and her daughter, Chloe. As the anniversary of James’s death approaches, Chloe tells Shannon she’ll be staying at her friend Mackenzie’s remote cottage. The day after Chloe leaves for the cottage, Shannon runs into Mackenzie’s father, Pete, who thinks Mackenzie is with Chloe. Worried Chloe is in danger, Shannon learns she is playing “Game of 72,” a challenge where participants must successfully disappear alone in the woods for 72 hours. Shannon is convinced her daughter would never be reckless enough to play a game like this, but as she becomes increasingly suspicious of Mackenzie and others, she decides to take matters into her own hands to find Chloe before it’s too late. (2021)

Recap/Wine Thoughts

The movie starts in Lifetime’s favorite setting, deep in the woods. We see two attractive hikers just kicking it on a hike. The girl’s hot father dies of a heart attack and leaves his daughter stranded and alone.

Chloe is traumatized by the event and has nightmares while sleepwalking. Her mother comforts her daughter because it is the tragedy’s first anniversary. Chloe is annoyed that her mother worries about her too much.

The mom is right to worry because Chloe skips practice to drink with her friends in the woods. They shotgun beers, and Chloe sneaks off, unimpressed. Billy, a cute boy, follows her, and they talk about her dad. Mackenzie gets jealous and starts pushing Chloe and Billy apart. Chloe goes flying into a concrete wall and hits her head hard. Coach/Mackenzie’s dad breaks it up and promises not to tell Chloe’s mother.

Chloe goes on a cottage trip in the woods with Mackenzie (I guess they made up?), and when her mother, Shannon, starts freaking out, Chloe tells her that she is catastrophizing. 

Shannon drinks wine with her sister-in-law, Ella, and shares her worries about her teenage daughter. Ella tells Shannon not to worry because this is typical teenage behavior. Shannon wants to facetime her daughter, but Ella talks her out of it. 

Chloe and Mackenzie hike through the woods; they aren’t going to a cabin; they are camping next to random college guys who think they are older than teenagers. YIKES! 

Mackenzie chugs beers with one hunk Zach, while Chloe shows the other hunk Tim her survival skills. Then they talk about her dead dad and makeout hardcore. She sleeps in Tim’s tent, leaving Mackenzie on her own. 

Shannon sees Coach paul washing his car, and they realize that they’ve been bamboozled. They search for the girls and find Mackenzie, who claims that they are playing a game called 72, where they go missing for 72 hours to see who will miss them. Mackenzie said they got in a fight, and Chloe took off in her car. Shannon freaks out on everyone and is wayyyyy overprotective. She decides to call the police. Who aren’t helpful. (A photo on social media posted by @Lon3wolf of Chloe with a ton of beers by a campfire.)

With no police help, Shannon questions Billy, who is also worried about Chloe. He thinks Mackenzie is involved. Shannon decides to go to the woods to find her daughter. Ella stays at the house in case Chloe comes back.

Chloe is not coming back because she is at the bottom of a cliff with a broken leg. She was left for dead. Her survival skills come into play, and she assesses her backpack items and makes a splint for her leg. 

Shannon walks around the campground, questioning anyone she passes by. She also sends the photo of Chloe to the park ranger. Shannon shows the picture to Tim and Zach, but they deny seeing her. (They act suspicious AF, though, and I wouldn’t believe them.) When Shannon finds her daughter’s camp, she sees the boys and demands to know what is going on. Tim tells her that they will help look for her. 

Chloe thinks she can climb out of the ravine, but it doesn’t go well. She tries all night and wakes up in horrible pain the following day. She is in bad shape. 

Ella is back home keeping an eye on Mackenzie and has a feeling that she and her father are hiding something. Ella follows Mackenzie around town. 

Shannon trails her boy hikers, who still haven’t left for some reason. She finally gets Zack to talk. He admits he saw the girls. She calls Ella to tell her what she has learned, but Ella is alone with Peter, and he is insanely threatening. He is covering for his daughter. Ella tries to call the police, but they aren’t listening. She confronts Mackenzie outside of her house and finds out the truth.

We flashback to Chloe and Mackenzie fighting because Chloe slept with Tim. Mackenzie gets angry and shoves Chloe over the cliff. Paul went back and got Chloe’s cellphone and moved her car.

Shannon continues to hike to find her daughter but twists her ankle on a rock. She grabs a walking stick and presses on. Paul isn’t far behind her. 

Night falls, and Shannon is close to finding her daughter. Ella calls her and tells her that she is on the way with the police and a rescue helicopter. 

Shannon finds Chloe and walkies Tim for help. He says help is on the way. 

Then Paul shows up, and he tells Shannon that he is just trying to protect Mackenzie. He tries to push her off the cliff, but Shannon uses that walking stick and knocks him into the ravine. Shannon climbs down to help her daughter and NOT to help Paul. Search and rescue show up just in time.

One year later, Shannon and Chloe plan to go hiking together to spread her father’s ashes. Mackenzie has sent an apology letter in the mail. 

Side Note

Minority Report: Mackenzie, Detective, 

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*** I’ve updated the rating system moving forward. Knives represent # of kills. Wine is over enjoyment (NOT a value judgment) on a 1-5 scale.

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Overall rating

Number of Kills: 

🔪🔪 (2 Knives)

Enjoyment Level: 🍷🍷🍷🍷 (4 glasses of wine.)

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