Sundance Film Festival Audience Award
The film is very raw and real in its lighting, dialogs and interactions. At the core it is a classic murder mystery along the lines of What lies Beneath and maybe even Gone Girl. But its inception makes it totally unique. One of my personal 5 favourite films of 2018.
An utterly riveting thriller that refuses to merely coast on the back of its potentially gimmicky setup.
Searching is a technical marvel with a beating heart at its core, which makes all the difference.
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.
I had no idea that the film was conceived the way it was. It is like that incredibly clever Modern Family episode. It is a bit difficult to get into, especially – if like me – you had no idea that the whole film is seen through a Mac screen. Top acting, though, and very believable and surprising plot twists.
USA 2018, 102 min, rated M (drug references)
Directed by Aneesh Chaganty
Starring John Cho, Debra Messing, Sara Sohn, Michelle La & Joseph Lee