Movies: On The Trail Of The Hawk

The Missing is a western that upends expectations and takes us on a dark, sometimes mystical trip

In The Missing, Tommy Lee Jones tells this story: An Apache gets up one morning and sees a hawk perching in a tree. He follows the hawk when it takes off, and he is never seen again. In the afterlife, he encounters his wife, who asks him why he never returned. The hawk, he replies, never stopped flying.

That's pretty much the way it has been for the character played by Jones, who is also called Jones. He deserted his family to live among the Indians of the Southwest for decades. Except now, on an early-spring day in 1885, he...

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