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search­iNG (Aneesh Cha­ganty) is a per­fectly cro­mu­lent thriller star­ring the al­ways en­gag­ing John Cho as David Kim, a fa­ther try­ing to find his van­ished teenage daugh­ter (Michelle La) by dig­ging through her lap­top, her so­cial me­dia contacts and any other on­line re­source avail­able. As in ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Timur Bek­mam­be­tov’s Un­friended movies, all the ac­tion is re­layed via lap­tops, cell­phones and TV screens, but the real in­no­va­tion here is the way first-time fea­ture di­rec­tor/co-writer Cha­ganty uses the short­hand of smart­phones and Face­Time to con­vey com­plex dra­matic beats. Cho’s es­sen­tial to that as well, bring­ing his im­pres­sive range and tech­ni­cal fa­cil­ity to a role per­formed al­most en­tirely in front of a we­b­cam; al­most ev­ery mo­ment of Search­ing is a sharp re­minder that he should be a much big­ger star than he is. The end­ing doesn’t work, but I’m not sure there’s any­thing he could have done to fix it. 102 min. NNN (Norman Wil­ner)

John Cho goes Search­ing for his daugh­ter.

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