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Searching is a 2018 American psychological thriller film directed by Aneesh Chaganty. The film is shot from the point-of-view of smartphones and computer screens. The film is about a father trying to find his missing 16-year-old daughter, and stars John Cho and Debra Messing.
The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2018. It is scheduled to be released on August 24, 2018,
Initial release: August 24, 2018 (USA)
Director: Aneesh Chaganty
Music composed by: Torin Borrowdale
Producers: Timur Bekmambetov
Production companies: Stage 6 Films, Bazelevs Company
This Rotten Week: 'Searching': Film Review | Sundance 2018
The first thing people will always say about Searching is, "Oh, yeah, the film that’s completely set on a computer screen." But if it were just that, it would be far from enough. Impressively, first-time filmmaker and former Google commercials creator Aneesh Chaganty has also made a real movie, the story of a family that morphs into a crime drama that gradually ratchets up the tension as all good thrillers must, one that’s well constructed and acted as well as novel in its storytelling techniques. With Sony having bought worldwide rights at Sundance and there being a virtually guaranteed audience among electronics-savvy young viewers, this fastidiously made suspense piece could potentially exceed expectations by drawing those curious about how this new narrative threshold was conquered.
We have Denzel Washington helping getting vengeance,
ABBA songs galore, and a trip to the seedier parts of the internet. Get ready for searching,
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again _and _Unfriended: Dark Web.
Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer.
Let's take a look at This Rotten Week has to offer.
ROTTEN WATCH PREDICTION 53%
In the first searching (60%), Denzel Washington played a guy with a set of skills perfect for the revenge-type action film we've come
to know and love - because they come out multiple times a year).
It went over fine with critics, and to his credit,
Washington's intensity works really well for this genre. Now he's back at it in the sequel, searching, which follows nice-guy
vigilante Robert McCall as he protects the innocent and lays waste to neighborhood ruffians. It looks like a lot of fun.
Antoine Fuqua is back at the helm for the sequel after directing the first installment. His career really started (relatively speaking)
working with Denzel Washington in Training Day (75%). He's had an interesting career that's seen him take on a number of different types of stories.
Sure, there is Shooter (47%) and Olympus Has Fallen (48%) as examples of action-heavy fare,
but then there's the boxing drama Southpaw (59%) and the western remake The Magnificent Seven (65%).
I think searching falls in the range of those latter films, and its predecessor.
It looks like your standard action flick that likely gets a boost because the star is so damn good.