Searching Movie Review

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Indian-origin filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty’s feature film debut is a gem of a high-concept thriller with human emotions at the heart of it. The film reflects on the biggest irony of our lives — loneliness and human disconnect in times of online connectivity.

Searching has one of the most soul-stirring opening scenes that leave you teary-eyed. It brilliantly touches upon us coping with life and loss in times of digital isolation. Small films can leave a deep impact and this is one such incredible story that addresses the most pertinent question of today — whether our need to document our lives on social media is a boon or a bane?

Chaganty infuses technology in a classic whodunit, to give us a taut mystery that unfolds on computer and phone screens. This innovative storytelling technique makes you a part of David’s search operation instead of being a mere spectator. Every call missed, key pressed or text read, brings a lump in your throat, almost mirroring our reliance on technology in our daily lives. However, don’t let the filmmaker’s tech proficiency cloud your judgement. Searching is essentially a father-daughter story, replete with umpteen twists and turns, that keep you on the edge of your seat.

Huge credit goes to the actors especially John Cho, Michelle and Debra Messing (as the detective), for lending further gravitas to this spectacular big screen debut. Last but not the least, speaking of inclusion and representation, the film will change the way Asian American actors are presented in Hollywood films.

Searching is a true game-changer in every sense of the word. Do not miss this at any cost.

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