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"Searching": Nathan's Movie Review

Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.


Have you ever seen an ad for a film and immediately felt uninterested? That's what happened to me when it came to Searching. Color me surprised, but when I actually saw it, I was blown away.

The film followed David Kim, a widower and father who filed a missing persons report after his daughter went missing. He and Detective Rosemary Vick work together to figure out what happened.

I think the reason why I put off seeing Searching for so long was because it reminded me too much of the lackluster Unfriended. Also, POV films are becoming overused. I'm just waiting for the day a Saw sequel is made in POV format. Anyway, I finally rented the film only to discover that I wish I had seen this sooner because Searching was one of the best mystery/thriller films of 2018.

Firstly, major recognition is needed for writer/director Aneesh Chaganty. This was his first feature-length film in both writing and directing and let me tell you, the man is supremely talented. To take an idea where everything is seen from webcam, news footage, or spycams and not only create a story out of it but also make it edge-of-your-seat thrilling is something not many people can do.

Next, I have to commend John Cho for his outstanding acting. Why are comedic actors always the best at drama and thrillers? Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, and Woody Harrelson are just a few who John Cho has joined in the great actor hall of fame.

Third, top marks for the fantastic storytelling. The film had a ton of shocks and unexpected twists as the mystery unfolded. Many times, it's easy to predict where a story is going to go or see a jump-scare coming but Searching was immersive from beginning to end. It was actually surprisingly emotional at times as well, keeping David human and vulnerable instead of going the way of Taken and making him as close to a superhero as possible. Keeping David human gave the audience the ability to relate to him and form an attachment with him. That emotional bond is something that Unfriended didn't have.

In conclusion, see this film. It's not gory or over-the-top but rather a fantastic mystery about a desperate father trying to find his kid. I give the film a 4 out of 4.

© 2019 Nathan Jasper