Film Review | Searching


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

Director: Aneesh Chaganty

Starring: John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee

Genre: Drama/Mystery/Thriller

Released: August 2018

There have been a few films now that have attempted the “gimmick” of telling a film entirely through a computer screen, there was the entirely forgettable Open Windows and the surprisingly entertaining Unfriended. But when it comes to Searching the choice of filming style not only doesn’t feel like a gimmick but also manages to make FaceTime barely-illuminated footage harrowing in a way that I haven’t seen in a film since Lake Mungo. Take note makers of Paranormal Activity films!

I said the same thing when watching Unfriended, this style is in no way suited to being watched on a cinema screen, in fact, I would argue that the best way to watch the film is on a computer screen, with director Aneesh Chaganty using practically app or social media website to further the plot, on a big screen it doesn’t feel right as that’s not how you’re used to seeing them.

john cho searching

Searching is well-acted throughout, Cho has clearly put in the work and moved on from his comic past to produce some great performances of late, he did after all make the latest Grudge film watchable, luckily here he actually has a well-written script with plenty of twists and turns go with his talent.

4 Panda

Direction: 8/10

Acting: 9/10

Editing: 9/10

Story: 8/10

If you liked: Amber Alert, Hard Candy, Megan is Missing


  1. It is always interesting watching an actor who is normally playing comedy characters doing something more serious. I am gonna give this one a chance. Thanks for your review

  2. I have not even heard of this one yet. It looks good to me. I’d be all over this.

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