DVD - 2018 | Widescreen version
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After David Kim's sixteen-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. David must trace his daughter's digital footprints before she disappears forever.
Publisher: Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2018]
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD SEA DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
laser optical,NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1
Alternative Title: Searching (Motion picture)


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In one of the more underrated movies in recent years, powerful performances and a strong, engaging plot make it hard to believe this one did not become a huge hit. John Cho, as the father of a missing girl, was robbed during awards season.

A mystery/thriller, from first-time director Aneesh Chaganty, showing a father’s search for his missing 16-year-old daughter and delving into her online history. The viewer sees everything through a laptop and various electronic devices. This is so original in its execution, my eyes stayed glued ... Read More »

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Nov 17, 2020

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.

Oct 29, 2020

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.

Aug 04, 2020

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

May 11, 2020

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.

Feb 16, 2020

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.

Feb 14, 2020

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.

Dec 31, 2019

A good movie and interesting. Plus it makes you wonder how much do you know about your kids.

Dec 15, 2019

A very tense, creepy, claustrophobic thriller.

Nov 21, 2019


Oct 19, 2019

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.

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Jun 17, 2019

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Dec 12, 2018

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Jun 17, 2019

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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