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Chicago Critics Film Festival 2018 Review – Searching

Searching, 2018.

Directed by Aneesh Chaganty.

Starring John Cho, Michelle La, Sara Sohn, Joseph Lee, Dominic Hoffman, Connor McRaith, Joseph John Schirle, and Debra Messing.


After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her.

Still not convinced movies unfolding over computer screens are more than style? Director Aneesh Chaganty’s debut feature (who also co-wrote the film with Sev Ohanian) Searching is an emphatic statement on why moviegoers should think otherwise. Taking a page out of Disney/Pixar classic Up, the film begins with a homemade movie montage of David (John Cho delivering a fiery tense performance unlike anything we’ve ever seen from him before as he wades through the Internet and his daughter’s laptop for any clues regarding his her disappearance), daughter Margot throughout various different ages and played by multiple different child actors, and their loving mother Pam who,

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