Synopsis:
After Margo, who has gone to the army, does not answer her cell phone for a long time, her father, David, is forced to enter his daughter's personal space on social media to find out the truth and face a different
face from her daughter.

Film Review by James Berardinelli

Score 7.5 out of 10

The approach taken by the writer-director of this work, "Anish Chagantri", to make this work, that is, showing the screen of a computer and the things that are going on on it, is both the biggest strength and a big setback for "search". »(Searching). Although watching computer programs open and close on a computer screen, entering and exiting a person's page on social media, and watching home videos may not be a solid way to tell a story, at least until the final minutes of the method. It is very effective. At a time when the narrative needs to expand and become more than just a screen, Chagantry is forced to include
television news as well as security camera footage.

"Search" is very tense and strong, a thriller-mystery film that has good speed and strong emotional parts. In addition to the Hitchcock elements surrounding the disappearance of a high school girl, the film also spends a good deal of time expanding family relationships using intimate imagery. These pictures show the happier times of the Kim family; Some time before David (John Cho) lost his wife Pam (Sarah Soon) to cancer, he became the sole guardian of their daughter Margo (Michael La). In the first minutes of the work, we get acquainted with moments that show us how "Margo" has changed from a happy and lively 16-year-old girl to someone we saw through "Face Time" moments before her disappearance.

What happens to David's daughter is reported in a believable way. This is a nightmare for every parent; The cruelty of everyday life suddenly leaves everything half-finished with the loss of a person. It feels like a hemorrhage, which, of course, is much more intense because of the way it is presented by Chagantry, and makes the events more real, and there is a strong feeling that many of the emotional effects do not have in this work. Although this work is somewhat similar to the horror style used by "Found Images" in works such as "Unfriended" or "Unfriended: Dark Web", this film is like that. Does not seem artificial and is actually a better and stronger way to tell a story. Although David's clumsiness eventually becomes a concern and then an extreme fear of not being able to contact Margo, the "search" wraps around us like a spring. Gradually, after it is no longer possible to blame him for running out of battery or not having a signal while camping out of town overnight, David is forced to admit that nothing is right. He reports Margo's disappearance to the police, and a benevolent detective named Wake (Deborah Messing) immediately contacts him.

Much of the film follows the same traditional system of mystery films as David searches for his daughter's remaining electronics, contacts her daughter's online friends, and watches a series of online programs that show her a different part of her daughter. That he had no idea about them. He discovers things about his daughter that he did not know about, but none of them answer the main question that existed about him; Did Evo escape, was he kidnapped, or did something else happen to him? Is he alive or dead?

"Search" works just as well in creating an emotional response as it does in suspending. It does both well, although some needs of the genre cause the film to expand a bit too much in the final 15-20 minutes. The thing about this work is whether it was what Chaganti and Su Ohanian, the other writers, intended. Whatever it is, the decision made seems to have been the right one.
For an actor known as "Harold" [in the "Harold & Kumar" movie series, as well as the character "Hikaro Solo" in the remake of the "Star Trek" series, "John Chou" proves his ability to control He has the scene in such a movie. His face becomes miserable and his eyes and face become like the dead. His need to do something pushes him out of his safe zone and into environments that call into question the validity of Wake's research.

When the film began to unveil its insides, I tried to imagine what we would have faced if the narrative had gone more traditional. It is difficult to criticize the film because it was very difficult to capture the insides of Margo's life using traditional flashbacks. The shortcuts provided for Chaganti to remain in the same realm of the electronic world have deepened the mystery of the film, enriched the characters and their storyline, and involved the characters more throughout the work. "Search" using programs, software, as well as websites that everyone is familiar with, makes the sense of familiarity a critical tool. This work involved me so much that few films have such abilities, it entered me with its own vision into a space that I was involved in until the final moments.
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