SEARCH­ING (M) Al­ways look be­fore you leap ... or log on US, 102 min

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Feel free to come at Search­ing as a nifty who­dun­nit thriller, or a nag­ging where-is-she? crime pro­ce­dural. Just don’t make the mis­take of at­tend­ing safe in the knowl­edge you have seen it all be­fore. The se­cret weapon in this unusu­ally grip­ping ex­pe­ri­ence is one of per­spec­tive. The en­tire movie is seen through the same vir­tual win­dows with which so many of us now view the world to­day: via smart­phones, we­b­cams, so­cial me­dia posts, chat rooms, in­stant mes­sag­ing apps and viral video clips. A ten­sion-rid­dled story tracks the ef­forts of a wor­ried fa­ther (John Cho) to find his ab­sent daugh­ter (Michelle La) be­fore au­thor­i­ties switch the han­dling of her case from Miss­ing Per­sons to Homi­cide. While the movie’s vis­ual struc­ture does im­press, it is the screen­play’s efficiency in play­ing upon our deep­est fears of to­day’s con­nected world that truly im­pacts: draw­ing you in, grind­ing you down and get­ting you wor­ried.

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