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Searching (2018)

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After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her.

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Aneesh Chaganty
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cho ... David Kim
Sara Sohn ... Pamela Nam Kim
Alex Jayne Go ... Young Margot (5 yrs)
Megan Liu ... Young Margot (7 yrs)
Kya Dawn Lau Kya Dawn Lau ... Young Margot (9 yrs)
Michelle La ... Margot
Joseph Lee ... Peter
Dominic Hoffman ... Michael Porter
Sylvia Minassian Sylvia Minassian ... Mrs. Shahinian (voice)
Melissa Disney ... Isaac's Mom (voice)
Connor McRaith ... Isaac
Colin Woodell ... 911 Operator (voice)
Debra Messing ... Detective Vick
Joseph John Schirle ... Jonah Emmi (voice) (as Joseph K. Shirle)
Ashley Edner ... Margot's Friend #1 (voice)
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Storyline

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.

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No-one is lost without a trace. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic content, some drug and sexual references, and for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Russia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Searching See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$388,769, 26 August 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,020,957, 15 November 2018
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was the feature film directorial debut of Aneesh Chaganty. See more »

Goofs

In scenes set in Peter's kitchen, the rug in front of the fridge is alternatively lying flat and the corner is flipped up. See more »

Quotes

David Kim: I didn't know her. I didn't know my daughter.
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References Unfriended (2014) See more »

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Excellent storytelling!
2 September 2018 | by musiqliblessedSee all my reviews

I was just utterly entertained and delighted by this film. Because it was just SO well done.

It's innovative cinematography was not presented at the sacrifice of a well-crafted and compelling story. Unlike the Blair Witch Project, these filmmakers put as much time and care into their story as they did with this method of filming. They could have honestly filmed this in the traditional way and it would have still been a worthwhile movie outing. This was indeed a solid work of art.

Even with so many moments absent of dialogue or even human characters to watch, the film was always forward moving. The suspense and mystery continuously builds until the very last moments.

There were so many twists and turns, they made it impossible to truly predict what was going on. At one point we predicted one thing that did unfold but we were almost immediately surprised by another new turn.

There was a story, there was substance, there was intrigue, there was heart. And there wasn't a thing presented in the film that did not contribute to the story.

They made my heart break and my heart leap. Made me hold my breath and exclaim with surprise. Made me smile...even made me reminisce a little (due to my particular age).

John Cho delivers yet another excellent performance. It was a refreshing role to see him play. He just broke my heart the whole film. I just wanted to reach out and hug him!

It was also extremely refreshing to see Debra Messing in this type of role. Nothing I'd EVER seen her do and she was just great.

Great cast, in general, tho very small, given the story was told so exclusively from the father's perspective.

I really could just go on and on about this movie that I had oddly never heard of...very undoubtedly a hidden gem in the theatres right now.

I 100% recommend taking a trip to the theatre for this one.


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