Score: 50% Positive
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Ratings: 2/5 Review By: Rashid Irani Site: Hindustan Times
Director and co-writer Aneesh Chaganty, in his feature film debut, sends out a cautionary message on our increasing reliance on the ever-evolving digital realm, but sadly he does so in a way that is neither absorbing nor unsettling. The script is littered with twists and McGuffins. Shallow, humourless and overloaded with computer-y jargon, Searching barely merits a click.
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Ratings: 4/5 Review By: Mihir Fadnavis Site: Firstpost
Here’s what makes Searching more interesting than every other film with a similar plot – it is presented entirely on computer and phone screens.It works as a found footage movie but there are a number of ways in which Searching transcends that subgenre. For one, we see the entire plot unfold through windows like Youtube, Gmail, Skype and social media platforms like Facebook. Presenting this film in computer and phone screen format lends a layer of believability and the lack of necessity of the editing process as we see the events unfold. It works like a bridge between fiction and a true crime documentary where your disbelief is suspended just enough to let yourself be swept away by the many dramatic moments.
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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.
Michelle La as Margot Kim, the daughter of David and Pamela Kim
Kya Dawn Lau as 9 year old Margot Kim
Megan Liu as 7 year old Margot Kim
Alex Jayne Go as 5 year old Margot Kim
John Cho as David Kim, Pamela Nam’s husband and Margot’s father
Debra Messing as Detective Rosemary Vick
Sara Sohn as Pamela Nam Kim, David’s wife and Margot’s mother
Joseph Lee as Peter
Ric Sarabia as Randy Cartoff
Sean O’Bryan as Radio Jockey
Searching Release Date:
Aug 31 ,2018 ( India)
Director: Aneesh Chaganty
Running time: 1h 42m