Searching (2018) Movie Review
Director: Aneesh Chaganty
Starring: John Cho, Michelle La, Debra Messing
Run-Time: 1 hr 42 min
Released: August 31, 2018
Now a single father, David Kim frantically searches for his missing teenage daughter, Margot Kim. After questioning his daughter’s peers, Mr. Kim turns to the police for assistance. He continues his own search, digging through his daughter’s computer for any clues hidden in her photos, documents, and social media accounts.
This movie is not a horror, but the plot is terrifyingly realistic. This movie takes a similar concept to the 2014 film, Unfriended, as it is told entirely through a computer screen. If you watch this movie on your own computer, it sends chills down your spine. The idea is executed beautifully and words well with the plot. If you are a fan of true crime documentaries or the show Criminal Minds, you will love this film. There were times where I forgot I was watching a fictional movie rather than a documentary.
There are so many plot twists that keep your eyes glued to the screen. The creativity used to bring this story to life is truly inspiring. Everything from the natural acting and writing to the use of different social media apps allowed the story to flow effortlessly. The movie forces you to pay attention because every detail is intentional. I loved how even the side characters had though out personalities that progressed the story.
No matter how much I love this movie, I am glad I did not watch it in theaters. This is the one movie I have seen that benefits from viewers watching it alone in a dark room on their computer. I felt like I was a part of the story as it unfolded.
The movie is currently available for free on Tubi if you have not seen it yet.
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