Whether fact or fiction, “Without a Trace” is a must see. Kate Nelligan plays the starring role of Susan Selky, Judd Hirsch is detective Al Menetti and David Dukes plays Graham Selky. “Without a Trace” centers on the abduction and return of Graham and Kate’s son Alex Selky.
One morning Kate waves goodbye to Alex as he rounds the corner heading off to school. A blue car slowly passes unnoticed. Later that day, when Kate returns home, she realizes Alex is late. She begins calling his friends to see if they have seen him or maybe to see if he stopped at someone’s house. She soon realizes Alex is missing. She contacts the New York police who begin their investigation treating everyone as suspects.
Kate begins to lash out at everyone. She is firmly grounded in the fact Alex is alive. She will allow no one to change that thought and anyone who rejects the fact is attacked. She turns all friends and anyone attempting to offer support away. In her hurt and anger she even accuses her ex-husband, Alex’s father as the reason for Alex going missing. Not that he has any involvement, but that he has had ‘no’ involvement or not enough involvement in Alex’s life.
Kate remains focused on finding Alex. She is determined to keep New York’s finest on top of the search for her missing son. They think they finally have the suspect when they arrest Susan’s houseman. When Susan visits him, she realizes he had no involvement in Alex’s disappearance. She begins working on Al Menetti again. When he has a day off and is home with his son, he begins to see Susan’s determination and relentless quest in a different light. He realizes his son is almost the same age as Alex. The realization of what Susan is going through haunts him.
He decides to spend a day alone with his son. He then takes a drive. While doing so, he passes a sign with the name of the area a psychic indicated Alex was being held. He also remembers one of the callers stating someone had suddenly acquired a young child fitting Alex Selky description. Without hesitation, Al turns off to see if he can find the house described. He finds it and realizes they missed some of the very clues they should have checked out.
He calls the police department for backup. They approach the house. When knocking on the door, Alex answers. As any child would, Alex is very apprehensive about speaking or maybe he has been victimized by the captors to the point he does not want to say anything. However, as it goes, Al realizes this is Alex Selky. He becomes emotional to such a degree; he lashes out at the captors. They then arrest his kidnappers.
As he is driving back to New York, Alex asks detective Menetti is he under arrest. This is when the tears begin to flow. You’ll need a tub for the tears as they begin to ‘fall’ when this scene begins. As they are driving the interstate, horns are blowing and everyone wants to get in on the welcome when mom and child are once again reunited.
You’ll never be able to stop crying once the scene begins as Susan Selky rounds the corner and realizes the commotion is regarding her child being returned to her. The dog is even having fits. She drops everything and begins to run……………..
If all child abductions could end this way, the angels in Heaven would cry out daily and we would forever hear bells ringing. “Without a Trace” is a movie everyone should see.
Kate Nelligan ***************** Susan Selky
Judd Hirsch ***************** Detective Al Menetti
David Dukes **************** Graham Selky
Stockard Channing ***************** Jocelyn Norris
Danny Corkill **************** Alex Selky
***********This movie drew so much emotion, the reviews shocked its writers. It’s worth logging into http://www.imdb.com to read some of the reviews which are somewhat more entertaining than even the movie at times.