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 missing daughter.

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.

Searching (12A)

1h 41m

Director: Aneesh Chaganty Starring: John Cho, Debra Messing, Michelle La, Joseph Le

UK Release: Friday 31st August 2018

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