Search­ing

★★★★

Empire (UK) - - ON.SCREEN - Or

Out 31 au­gust / Cert 12a / 102 mins di­rec­tor Aneesh Cha­ganty cast John Cho, De­bra Mess­ing, Michelle La, Sara Sohn

IT’S easy to get fix­ated on the gim­mick of Search­ing. Its en­tire story is told on a com­puter screen, via Face­time chats, youtube clips and Google searches. It tells the story of David (Cho), a re­cent wid­ower who be­lieves he has a solid, hon­est re­la­tion­ship with his daugh­ter, un­til she dis­ap­pears and he delves into her on­line life to try to find her. And is left won­der­ing if he ever re­ally knew her at all. But it proves to be more than just a gim­mick — it’s a highly en­ter­tain­ing, fast-mov­ing and grip­ping drama with a solid emo­tional core. And while the con­ceit is oc­ca­sion­ally pushed too far to be be­liev­able, the height­ened pre­sen­ta­tion has earned it the right to be pulpy.

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