‘Searching’ DVD Review

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Stars: John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, Michelle La, Sara Sohn | Written by Aneesh Chaganty, Sev Ohanian | Directed by Aneesh Chaganty

John Cho stars in this inventively told missing person mystery that plays out entirely on computer screens. The result is a gripping and surprisingly moving thriller that shines an uncomfortable light on modern day digital interaction.

Produced by Timur Bekmambetov, Searching opens with an efficient and powerfully emotional montage sequence that rivals the opening of Pixar’s Up. Through a series of messages, videos and calendar appointments on a computer screen, we see various milestones in the life of the Kim family, including the birth of baby Margot (played as a teenager by Michelle La) and mother Pam (Sara Sohm) being diagnosed with, and succumbing to a terminal case of lymphoma, leaving husband David (Cho) utterly distraught.

It quickly becomes clear that we’re seeing everything through David’s computer,
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