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Movie Review – Searching (2018)

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.

For a film so dependent on technology, Searching feels peculiarly old fashioned. There’s a certain archaism to its central mystery; “daughter goes missing, father tries to find her,” and through its twists and turns, it plays out like a Hitchcockian advert for the latest Apple product.

2014’s Unfriended, an efficient if forgettable horror, previously attempted to tell a story exclusively through the screens of its characters. It’s an interesting, if oft-isolating device that often did little more than distract. Searching however exploits this isolation, using passwords and social media as a way of destroying a seemingly well-built bridge between a father and daughter.

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