Searching is the debut film by Aneesh Chaganty, Indo-American director and screenwriter, with John Cho and Debra Messing. Here it is my review.
The story is about David, played by Cho, whose daughter, Margot, disappears into thin air. David will search for her with Detective Rosemary Vick (Messing) and this will force him to investigate his daughter’s life through electronic devices.
I liked the film so much especially the script, because, although some things were trivial, they are well treated. It is a thriller that holds suspense very well and continues to offer so many twists, one behind the other, making it almost impossible to understand the solution, even if there are clues.
Searching deals with a very new topic: the power of technology and social media and it shows them almost as a danger, but in the end it is the truth. We all use the internet that way, we all make ourselves cheated or become obsessed with it, so much so that we put our lives in a black box. I really appreciated that the film shows the technology even on its downsides. Progress for science, but for humanity? Searching does not believe it is so, where is the progress in turning a crime case into an hashtag? But that’s what we all do.
Speaking of direction, however, the film was a bit of a disappointment. I do not know if you know, but the story is always followed by technological means, then phones, PCs, cameras. The problem is that there were few players with all the devices that could be available and almost the entire movie was made with the PC. What a shame! It reminded me a lot of the episode of Modern Family all set on the Mac. In general I found a normal direction, good for a debut, but did not take full advantage of the very good idea of departure. From that point of view I found much better Unsane of Soderbergh.
There were very good directorial choices. The initial part I found it very well built, the night when she disappears, some camera movements on the PC screen, and one thing I can not say because it’s spoilers, I can only say that there are also clues to discover the guilty given by the direction. So, stay alert!
Editing is very good. Fast-paced, engaging, it helps a lot to give rhythm to the film.
Very good also the two main actors, above all Cho. A mind-blowing performance that shows another side of the actor, who for the time participated mostly in comedies.
So all in all, I recommend Searching, it’s a thriller that will keep you in suspense all the time, even if it’s not a masterpiece.
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