The Suspense-Thriller Film That’s Shocking the Nation
By: Brooke Price
After his daughter disappears, David Kim, played by John Cho, takes matters into his own hands searching for her himself.
Kim is a single parent searching for his only daughter.
In the beginning of the film, the viewers are able to get a glimpse at the life of David, his wife Pamela, and daughter Margot. After her mother’s death, Margot begins to isolate herself from her father.
Searching takes the audience on an emotional journey as they hope that David finds out what happened to his daughter, and shows the despair of a parent when one’s child is missing.
Searching contains several unexpected twists sprinkled throughout the movie. When you think you’ve discovered the culprit of the kidnapping, it is revealed that they weren’t the one.
The film uses phone and computer screen points of view during the whole film, which adds to the suspense.
As the story progresses, David realizes that he does not know his own daughter. He is only left with her laptop. He uses it to log onto multiple social media accounts, read her text messages, and message her online friends to put the pieces together to find out what happened to her.
Margot lead a secretive lifestyle after her mother’s death in which she didn’t open up to her father.
The film is directed and written by Aneesh Chaganty, who made his directorial debut with Searching.
He recently spoke to Polygon about giving something impersonal such as the internet meaning and emotion as shown throughout the film.
“It was always a matter of taking something that is cold or mundane — devices that we use on a personal basis — and turn them into something that is cinematic,” said Chaganty. “The way we do that is by putting emotion underneath it. It was less about ‘what do these buttons and windows do?’ and more about what meanings can we put behind what they do.”
The film stars Star Trek reboot’s John Cho and Will and Grace’s Debra Messing, who both have plenty of experience in the acting industry.
Debra Messing plays Detective Rosemary Vick, who has taken over and investigated Margot’s case. In an interview with Screen Rant, Messing described how it felt to work on this film as a mother herself:
“I am a mother of a child,” says Messing, “and I immediately responded to the main story. Nothing could be more horrific than your child going missing. So, I realized that even though the device that Aneesh created … I couldn’t really connect with emotionally.
“But the story underneath it, that was a classic suspense thriller and that it was a very emotional story. And once I realized that if you took that device out, the story could stand on its own, then I felt like I felt comfortable about it.”
John Cho spoke with Town and Country about how he relates to the technology aspect of the film.
“The real revelation of the movie,” he says, “or what crystallized for me through the movie, was that you’re never going to catch up to your children, in terms of computer literacy. I could start computer school today, and I think my kids would still outpace me.”
He also spoke about to Vanity Fair about Searching being the first mainstream Hollywood thriller starring an Asian American actor: “What is meaningful to me is seeing the image of a whole, loving Asian-American family [more] than anything else… It’s very rare in movies. It was surprising to me how powerful it was. I want the future to be where it’s completely normal to see an Asian-American family on-screen.”
The film was released in theaters August 24 and offers suspense and adrenaline rushes to captivate the audience. The film premiered at the Sundance film festival January 21 2018, and won the NEXT Audience Award at the 2018.
This movie will be sure to leave you on the edge of your seat, so see it while it’s in theaters!