SEARCH­ING (M)

Al­WAYS LOOK BE­FORE YOU LEAP … OR LOG ON, US, 102 MIN

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - MOVIES -

Feel free to come at Search­ing as a nifty who­dunit 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 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). With the po­lice hit­ting dead ends ev­ery­where, the dev­as­tated dad scrounges and scours ev­ery hard drive and hand­set he can find for that one elu­sive vi­tal clue. 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.

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