Searching: Nathan's Movie Review

Updated on April 16, 2019
Alec Zander profile image

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

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.

Questions & Answers

    © 2019 Nathan Jasper


      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.


      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

      Show Details
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)