After David Kim (John Cho)’s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter’s laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter’s digital footprints before she disappears forever. – Sony Pictures Releasing
Searching was directed by Aneesh Chaganty and written by Chaganty and Sev Ohanian. These are two names I’m not familiar with but after seeing this film I’m sure we’ll see those names more.
Searching is easily one of the most unique movies of the year. It’s a standard movie plot, child goes missing parent investigates it — we’ve seen it done before but Searching does it so differently.
I have not seen any of those Unfriended movies or whatever they are called. I like bad horror movies but those look like shit. The concept of showing a movie fully through a computer screen is a very neat concept but I feel as though the execution was likely lacking. Searching expertly executes it.
Some may argue that the computer POV is a plot device, which it is but this movie has legs and would stand on its own without it. This movie is a compelling enthralling mystery with lots of unexpected twist and turns. I was on the edge of my seat watching while also trying to solve the mystery in my head. This is easily one of the most thrilling movies of the year.
John Cho is no longer going to White Castle — he is a serious actor with some serious acting chops. He plays a distraught father so elegantly and believable. We spend a lot of time with him just sitting in front of a computer. It’s very intimate role and he absolutely sells it. He may not be speaking the whole time, but his body language is on point. John Cho was an absolute stand out with some of the best acting this year.
This is a must-see movie and something I think will hit parents very hard. Searching is a dower and emotional roller-coaster but it’s also a bit fun if you get internet culture — on top of that the background of the computer screen was filled with Easter eggs and according to the screenwriter a side plot — I need to re-watch this. Kudos to the director and screenwriter, they made something special here.
I give Searching a 9 out of 10, will watch again.
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