Searching (2018) (RR)

Director: Aneesh Chaganty
Writer/s: Anessh Chaganty, Sev Ohanian
Starring: John Cho, Sara Sohn, Michelle La, Joseph Lee, Debra Messing, and more.



Requested Review from Jon Delval!

The Intro:
I was upset to miss “Searching” when it came to my local theaters. I caught wind of this film through social media as the trailer was thrown on basically every platform. My first thought was, “Huh, John Cho in a thriller? Flop!” Then I watched it and got kind of interested. This actually could be pretty good! Fast-forward to now and my regular requestor, Jon, got me into watching “Searching” before it became one of those films that I wanted to see but never did. So, without further delay, here is the Oberrated Requested Review on the cyber thriller, “Searching”!

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

The Oberrating:
So I figured “Searching” looked like a pretty gripping film. It looked like a grown man’s “Unfriended” with its heavy use of technology interface scenes. Yet upon finishing this film, I was blown away by the final product. This film is tense, mysterious, emotional, and overall just a damn good film! I would never in a million years think a film like this would have been able to masterfully blend so many different elements together to make a cohesive film.

The performances within “Searching” are nothing to overlook. Leading the charge is John Cho playing the desperate father, David Kim. Cho hits every note available when it comes to desperation, anger, sadness, and desire. I felt for his character with every scene as he searched for his daughter, Margot. Surrounding John is not exactly a large cast but everyone was incredibly effective. For the sake of keeping this film a mystery, I will not dive to deep into describing the characters but there were some I absolutely hated (in regards to the characters themselves being despicable), some I loved, some I felt empathy for, and so much more. A wonderful job by a small cast.

The leading element to this film is undoubtedly the mystery. Yet with that, “Searching” takes mystery and runs with it going 500 miles an hour. It keeps you on your toes, it keeps you guessing, and it is a whirlwind of twists and turns. Just give it a shot! I can not dive any deeper unless I were to spoil it for my readers.

The Wrap-Up:
Mystery, drama, and emotions. “Searching” delivers an array of ‘feels’ throughout the whole film. It had me angry, sad, laughing, and confused at all kinds of different moments. Even then, it rinses and repeats all these emotions and throws them right back at you for another round. One wild thriller packed into an hour and 42 minutes. “Searching” is for sure a high recommendation from me!

Rating: 4/5


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