Searching is an intense roller coaster of a thriller that takes place on entirely on computer and smartphone screens.
When David Kim’s (John Cho) teenage daughter, Margot (Michelle La) goes missing, a Silicon Valley Police Detective, Rosemary Vick (Debra Messing) is assigned to the missing person’s case. Despite all efforts to find Margot, the investigation has gone nowhere. Suddenly, David decides to take the search to Margot’s laptop where he digs through but what else, her social media profiles. In digging through her social media contacts, David learns more about his daughter than he thought he knew before.
While one can see some influences from the likes of these other mystery thrillers in viewing the film, it’s the digital aspect that makes Searching so unique. Aneesh Chaganty and Sev Ohanian give us a fresh take on the genre–shot entirely in 13 days with the editing starting weeks before because there’s such an intense focus on the digital screens. John Cho’s performance as a worried father will certainly go down as one of the best performances of 2018.
With their storytelling told entirely through a digital lens, Searching takes stories such as ones told in Gone Girl and The Girl on The Train to an entirely different level. Watch this film once and then watch it again to see everything you missed on screen.
An official selection of the 2018 Chicago Critics Film Festival, Searching held its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in the NEXT program. Screen Gems will release NEXT Audience Award winner on August 3, 2018.