How well can you truly know someone? That's the question lying at the heart of eerily compelling thriller Searching, one that is inventively told entirely from the point of view of technological devices.
Star Trek's John Cho plays a widowed father on the search for his missing daughter. With the police investigation pulling up few clues, he delves into her social media accounts, uncovering more than a few shocking secrets in the process.
Searching is the feature-length debut of director Aneesh Chaganty and has already impressed the critics Stateside. And we've got the lowdown from last night's Unlimited screening, in which lucky audiences got to see the movie in advance of its UK release date on 31st August.
We'll start with this from Andrew Ross who says the movie does an excellent job of exploring our fractious relationship with technology.
Really creative and interesting film. They absolutely nailed the way people online interact and react to tragedies and disappearances. It used it's screen-capture style really effectively as well, hopefully we see more films like this in the future.— Andrew Ross (@Captain_Uganda) July 24, 2018
Gillarms says there's a tell-tale sign that the movie was working brilliantly for him.
Loved it, brilliantly original filming style. I know when a film's riveting, I start chewing my nails & my nails were thoroughly chewed. Great acting too #SearchingMovie— Gillarms Von Pantyhose #FBPE (@gillarms) July 24, 2018
Nadine goes a step further, describing the movie as one of 2018's greatest surprises.
Best surprise of 2018. Made me shake and was so smart. John Cho is incredible. Definitely a 5 star film from me: https://t.co/Hx11qNRVXZ— Nadine (@nadineshambrook) July 24, 2018
CarltheKaka says this is very much the thriller we need right now.
Very good,great twists and turns. Every parents worst nightmare. I didn’t think the premise would work but was greatly surprised. A great thriller for the digital age. John Cho is terrific in it. Log on and see it!#CineworldUnlimited— CarltheKaka (@CarlRoberts2) July 24, 2018
Andrew believes it puts a fresh new twist on the tried-and-tested found footage format.
A tremendous modern thriller, real edge-of-your-seat stuff. And one of the most creative executions of the "found footage" genre I've ever seen.— Andrew Craddock (@thetechnogoat) July 24, 2018
LauraS says the movie works because of the emotions underpinning the storyline.
Loved it. Shot In such a unique way and full of twists and turns. Gripped me throughout and a warning on the perils of social media. Also made me very aware of how little actual human contact we have these days. #searching— LauraS (@laurajays) July 24, 2018
Simo Winskill on the other hand is critical of the plot.
Good movie but became too predictable in the middle.— Simo Winskill (@Simo__Wins) July 24, 2018
Likewise, John Carstairs says that, personally, he couldn't buy into the concept.
Much of the film was just splash screens with the fastest secretary in the world touch typing leading to a massive anti climax.— John Carstairs (@localroyal) July 25, 2018
Contrast that with Dominic's following response and we've got another Unlimited screening that's got film fans talking.
I absolutely loved it and it’s officially my favourite movie of the year!— Dominic Ryan (@DominicRyan1) July 24, 2018
Thanks everyone for your honest responses. Don't forget that you can delve into the mystery all over again when Searching is released on 31st August. Anyone else who was at last night's screening, send us your reactions @Cineworld and using #CineworldUnlimited.
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