DIRECTOR: Aneesh Chaganty (feature debut)
STARRING: john cho, debra messing, sara sohn, and michelle la
REVIEWER: jesse timbs
After David Kim's daughter goes missing, he must search her laptop for digital clues trace in a desperate attempt to find her.
Although it is filmed creatively with a strong performance from its lead John Cho, Searching feels long and slow making it a bit of a let down. Searching was creatively filmed. Everything being from the point of view laptop and phone cameras. Unfortunately other than this creativity Searching is a bit of a let down. It felt long and slow.
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.
Don't get me wrong, Searching is inventive in the way that it uses the view points of laptops and cellphones as the audiences perspective. Also John Cho who plays David Kim, the father of missing Margot, gives a strong and convincing performance as a grieving father desperate for answers.
But unfortunately inventiveness and a strong performance couldn't save Searching making it just an OK watch.
Although its inventive with a strong and convincing performance from its lead John Cho, Searching feels a little long and slow.