After David Kim (John Cho)’s 16-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. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology
devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter’s
digital footprints before she disappears forever.
John Cho is outstanding as David Kim, a distraught father who, when his
daughter goes missing, stumbles on her secret life on her computer and her
various social media accounts.
Directed by Aneesh Changanty and co-written with Sev Ohanian, Searching is
a compelling reminder about how most of our innermost secrets are on open
view for anyone who has the knowledge and desire to look for it. David Kim
is able to find his daughter passwords with just a few well educated
guesses and the deeper he digs into her life the more he legalises that
every second that the police ,led by Detective Rosemary Vick (Debra
Messing), waste in their enquiry it could have disastrous results for his
The one downside to Searching is that if you look for the clues along the
way it’s not very hard to work out the eventual outcome. That aside,
Searching is a thriller for the modern age that should be seen as a lesson
on how our secrets might just not be as safe and secure as we think.