About the film
Director: Aneesh Chaganty
Actors: Debra Messing, John ChoAcclaimed at Sundance 2018, first time feature director Aneesh Chaganty's SEARCHING is a tense, unsettling mystery built on the shadows of our lives we leave behind online in an increasingly digital world.
David (John Cho) has recently lost his wife to cancer, leaving him to parent his teenage daughter, Margot (Michelle La), alone. He thinks they have a solid, honest relationship, until the day she disappears and, delving into her online life, he starts to wonder if he really knows her at all.
With panic setting in, David reports his daughter Margot (Michelle La) missing to local police and is put in touch with a detective named Rosemary (Debra Messing), who’s very serious and gets right on the case. The more time goes by in such a case, the less likely a positive outcome will result, and this is where the nexus between crime narrative and technology becomes most deeply engrossing.
It's a movie set entirely on screens that uses the immense power of modern computers to its full potential, especially when it comes to the overwhelming flood of information even one person generates. Via FaceTime chats, YouTube clips, Google searches and, that most thrilling of visual media, Excel spreadsheets, we watch the unfolding drama of the disappearance of a teenage girl and what happens when you go down the rabbit hole of the internet.
Searching is a thriller, and a very effective one. It’s a highly entertaining, fast-moving and gripping drama with a solid emotional core.