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Searching (2018)

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In theaters August 30.

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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... David Kim
... Pamela Nam Kim
... Young Margot (5 yrs)
... Young Margot (7 yrs)
Kya Dawn Lau ... Young Margot (9 yrs)
... Margot
... Peter
... Michael Porter
Sylvia Minassian ... Mrs. Shahinian (voice)
... Isaac's Mom (voice)
... Isaac
... 911 Operator (voice)
... Detective Vick
... Jonah Emmi (voice) (as Joseph K. Shirle)
... Margot's Friend #1 (voice)


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.

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David Kim's daughter is missing. He can't find out where she is until he finds out who she is. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for thematic content, some drug and sexual references, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 August 2018 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Buscando...  »

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Like the movie Unfriended (2014), this movie takes place on a mock computer screen. See more »


References Unfriended (2014) See more »

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Trying to be so unpredictable, it ends up making no sense and is nothing short than tacky.
25 July 2018 | by See all my reviews

If you want 90 minutes of a guy highlighting stuff for the audience like we're morons who can't spot the only thing on the screen, YOU'RE IN FOR A NON-STOP THRILL RIDE.

Now, if you're not that impressionable, you'll soon notice how there's close to no content in this movie. Dead-ends that take up a third of the movie, twists that make no sense whatsoever if you listen carefully and of course, the whole point of the movie is that it's all on various computer or phone screens. The thing is, unlike Unfriended which is in real time, this movie is set over a couple of days... which end up showing the character sleeping in front of his open webcam? Or a police officer answering a FaceTime call from a civilian at 2 in the morning? This is just the tip of the iceberg on how very little sense this movie makes by trying to tell a convoluted story with limited fields of imagery.

Cho's performance is nothing more (or less) than average, but I can't say the same for the rest of D-list actors in the cast. Everyone seems to be delivering their lowest effort possible, or maybe just don't have the talent to play even the simplest of all roles. You don't care about any of the characters already and that kind of performance doesn't help. I honestly couldn't care less if the daughter was alive or dead, because it really didn't change anything.

And as I said in my very first paragraph, the director seems to take his audience for idiots by making sure the character highlights every important clue to try and make some sense of his "twists". I'm not exaggerating when I say the main character does that AT LEAST 30 times over the course of the movie. And if it isn't a highlight, it's the a straight-up ZOOM IN on the detail that needs to be seen, according to the director. An immersive experience would make the whole screen visible and let the viewer find his own clues. This feels like the director taking us by the hand to explain his stupid story.

In the end, this movie fails on every single level and doesn't deserve all the praise it's getting (I guess for the fact that it's all on screens, but other movies have done WAY better). Save some money and skip this one, as for the twist isn't even worth the watch. It's barely a twist at all actually, as I said, since it makes no sense if you pay enough attention and don't get distracted by the constant highlighting.

One of the worst movies of the year.

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