Columbia Pictures’ new acclaimed film SEARCHING tells a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology and devices we use every day to communicate.
At the center of the mystery is beloved, missing daughter Margot (Michelle La), determined father David (John Cho) and sympathetic but no-nonsense Detective Vick (Debra Messing). They are brought together by Margot’s sudden and baffling disappearance. The hunt is abetted by our modern tools of communication – social media, texts, emails, a life played out in photos and video snippets, saved on computer files for safekeeping.
But all is not what it seems. We are what we hide in our mobile devices, which often conceal as much as they reveal. Our virtual identities are subjective constructs at best and David learns more about his daughter than he had ever known with every digital clue. In telling the story, the filmmakers use a screen-based language of storytelling that authentically depicts the way we interact today and explores the reality of a modern parent/child connection in the Internet age.