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Aneesh Chaganty is one clever guy - perhaps a bit too clever for his own good. He takes an interesting idea - the solution of a mystery/crime by an analysis of computer history. Unfortunately, his cleverness now gets in the road as he makes an extremely convoluted Hollywood type ending that turns the story into a melange of mush. Besides, his predilection for putting cute gimmicks on the screen becomes quite annoying.
Because it was all shown on a computer, we found this really boring, and only watched about 15 minutes.. It was so “busy”
Rapidly punching, changing scenes, opening new windows. Not for us.
Searching is an excellent movie about a father who begins a search for his missing daughter. The way that this film is filmed is incredible because it’s all shown on technology, mostly on the father's laptop. There are so many plot twists in this movie, and it keeps you wondering what happened to the daughter, and what’s going to happen next in the movie. This is a great movie to watch with your family, and it also teaches an important lesson about technology, and family. This movie was not boring at all, and it was time well spent. I really enjoyed watching this movie. I rate this movie a 5/5.
@Khutoria of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
A gripping movie with a completely unexpected twist. Searching is a documentary about a father who is hunting to find his missing daughter Margot. The aspect that I love about this movie is that it is entirely on the fathers computer! As I speak about it, it does sound quite boring that the movie is a computer screen but it is something you have never seen before. This movie still managed to keep me entertained and always wondering who the true suspect was. The investigation left many clues which you only understand as the movie wraps up. I would totally recommend watching this movie if you enjoy mystery. I rate searching a 4.5/5.
@UniquePerspective of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
This one took me by surprise. It utilizes the found footage genre in an innovative way that makes it feel fresh and builds up genuine suspense without any cliches. John Cho is masterful too, it's a shame his performance isn't talked about enough here.
How anyone could find this movie boring is beyond me! Lots of twists and turns, and good acting. The backstory of how the movie was made only adds to the viewer's enjoyment. If you are a computer geek, you might even get more out of it! It is so unlike anything I have ever seen and I applaud the creative team that took a big risk that really worked.
So what there wasn't any car chases, explosions, or gruesome scenes? Cost effective film doesn't felt cheesy cheap B-movie and felt so in there. Pace was just right with a somewhat over his head dad going into rabbit hole of social media.
So it wasn't Oscar material. However, it wasn't Razzie material.
A good movie and interesting. Plus it makes you wonder how much do you know about your kids.
I like John Cho, but this was movie was pretty boring, esp. considering that it was billed as a thriller. A man's teenage daughter goes missing and he scrambles to figure out whether she ran away or was abducted. The gimmick? All of the film takes place on screens-computer, phone, television. It's probably meant to be, like, of the moment, but it ended up quickly becoming annoying and tedious.
COMPLETELY BORING. Done all on a computer showing computer pics of mostly the father, him talking on the computer or on the phone.. Have to read what is typed all through the whole movie. WTH.
Masterful. Edge of your seat, and just when you think you have a handle on it, BAM, no you don’t!! Excellent performances from John Cho and Michelle La.
A definite Must Watch if you love mysteries!!
Good thriller. Good twist. Movie told in computer chat format is new and the director pulled it off. Number 1 rule is when spending time on the computer do you really know who you're talking to and what intentions they have when talking on the computer? Catfishing is real.
Wow! This was a great suspense/ thriller! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I even liked that the audience perspective is from the point of view of any "screens" (phone, computer, tv etc), it was a really neat twist.
This is a real stinker. Enormous plot holes. Notwithstanding that, it does make a statement about the dangers of social media. Unfortunately, the story line is weak with too many plot holes.
This is a perfect example of social media and how your child will lie to you. Also putting expectations on your child who may not want what your see as their choice. I found it interesting how a parent needs to real monitor their child no matter the age. I have a teenager who is on line with a site called Disord and it is a chatroom with 80 thousand people and more everyday and I get scared but I have to monitor him which no kid likes at all.
This is a wake up call for parent to be involved in your child's social media and not leave them alone because it is dangerous place and in fact a teen was killed because of being online meeting the wrong a dangerous man who posted her photos of killing her. Too many people so stupid when it comes to facebook also, posting everything they do does not even worry people in till it because bad what a way to learn.
A good detective story but eerie in the reliance of tracking devices/life on the internet. Seems to encourage the "always-on" culture that Big Tech wants for data harvesting. For example, both the daughter and father are shown constantly through a viewing lens/cameras on. Good twist as to who the abductor is, though.
Well, I'm old. And can't keep up to 80% of this modern world of computers. In fact, most young people age 5 and up can type faster than I read. But that said I still quite enjoyed this movie. I'm sure the younger generation will give it better marks.
Co-written and directed by Aneesh Chaganty in 2018, this American thriller depicts the struggle of a father (John Cho) trying to find his missing 16-year-old daughter (Michelle La) with the help of a police detective (Debra Messing).
Set entirely on computer screens and smartphones, the film turns out a unique visual presentation with good performances of the major actors as well as an unpredictable storyline with twists and turns.
I enjoyed it to the last moment.
Decent enough for a time-killing mystery. For sure not one of the greatest movies ever. As one who does not use social media (I even hate the term itself; so overused), it was kind of interesting to see how the dad searched for the info. Of course, I do not have the slightest idea if what he did is even possible. I think one of the big things I got out of it is that someone can always find what they want to find even if a person does not want it found.
The first hour is basically just a shot of his laptop. And an ad for social media. A bit ironic since it seems as though a lot of the breakdowns, these days, come from frying your brain on social media, or getting some weird habits from it.
I would have been particularly ticked if I had shut down my computer and gone out to see this. Thank you Library for at least bottling this disaster for home consumption.