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Searching (2018) – Movie Review

Searching (2018) - Movie Review

Thought I better get this one up here quickly before I get a tidal wave of messages in my inbox alerting me to it’s existence! 🙂

Yep – Searching is now available as a HD version online, instead of that shitty CAM version that was floating about the last month or so (I refused to watch that!).

I must say that it’s pretty cool that certain film companies are throwing some money at the genre at the moment. I think Searching is a direct result of the box office response to Unfriended and Unfriended: Dark Web – but who cares!!!!

At least some of the bigger distributors are looking outside the box and realising that Found Footage can really rake in the money…if done correctly…

Which this was.

The Plot

After David Kim’s (John Cho) 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter’s laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter’s digital footprints before she disappears forever.

A Lesson in Storytelling…

Yeah, it’s something you’d think Hollywood really wouldn’t need by now…but it does…big time!

Searching actually grabs Hollywood by the throat and screams “This is what a fucking plot looks like bitch!”, which is such an overdue change. I’ve lost count of the amount of ‘big budget’ Hollywood releases I’ve watched over the last several years that have suffered from rehashed, regurgitated and cardboard-thin plots.

At the end of the day filmmaking can be a really simple formula, that even works on zero-budget movies…

A good story = A good film

Seriously – it’s that fucking simple!

To be brutally honest with you – this movie could well have been filmed the traditional way and it would still have been an enjoyable enough experience, a decent thriller.

Conclusion

A great Found Footage movie that contained so many twists and turns, it made it near enough impossible to truly predict what was going on and how the whole thing was going to conclude. It was one of those films that shoots by without you even realising you’ve been sitting there for an hour and a half.

The actors really helped the whole thing evolve and wind out smoothly – Hollywood quality actors will do that to a Found Footage film (so it’s a shame not more of them take these sorts of movies on!).

The innovative cinematography was much like the Unfriended films, but much more rapid and dare I say it – smoother and believable!

I’ve seen John Cho in a number of movies now, but I can’t remember what, but I’m fully aware that he’s a good actor (and he’d probably get a lot more parts if he looked like Ryan Gosling) and he rocks in this film.

The one downside I took from the movie was it’s ending – Hollywood sometimes has to tie it’s story up with a little neat bow and have little bunnies dancing around the place. No spoilers – but the conclusion was not my cup of tea at all!

Definitely one for the Found Footage lover’s list – thoroughly enjoyed.

Chris

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