Searching for answers

September 21, 2018

 

“He just missed his daughter’s final call.” Words to send a chill down the spine of every parent with a teenager.


Searching is an intriguing new thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat with white knuckles until the final scene.


This is a thriller with a difference, telling the story of a father desperate to discover the whereabouts of his missing daughter, but it plays out on computer and device screens as David Kim (John Cho) relentlessly searches for his child Margot (Michelle La).


This is a manhunt using 21st century communication—social media, texts, emails and video clips. As David gradually cracks the codes to his daughter’s technological world, the digital clues unlock many details of Margot’s life that were totally unknown to him.


Searching asks the questions all parents face—how much independence should our children have and when should we rein them in? Questions made much harder today by the power of social media.


Into the mix comes Detective Rosemary Vick (Debra Messing) who puts her heart and soul into the search for Margot, and provides communication and support for David, although all is not as it seems.


This is a film with twists and turns and red herrings, but gradually it becomes clear that both father and daughter are still caught in a cycle of grief, mourning the wife and mother who died the previous year.


So the nub of this film is two desperately sad individuals, each trying to keep their grief from the other, and losing connection through the process.


It’s refreshing to see diversity at work, with two of Searching’s three lead characters being of Asian American ethnicity—certainly not something we see in most Hollywood blockbusters, and it’s a welcome change.


While the film takes the audience down many a garden path before reaching a satisfying resolution, it’s pleasing to see that, despite some shocks and betrayals in the storyline, the values of compassion, respect and integrity eventually triumph.

 

+  Gripping story about important issues

 

  Coarse language, violence, adult themes

 

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