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With the exception of visually artificial broadcast news videos in the third act, the execution in Searching is an anomaly in its inventiveness to find solutions that can keep us engaged in spite of the claustrophobic set-up.
This may be the first feature written and directed by Aneesh Chaganty, a 27-year-old Bay Area native and former Google employee, but the intricacy of his visual design is matched by a talent for old-fashioned suspense filmmaking.
Director Aneesh Chaganty builds a high-voltage thriller told through smartphones, laptop screens, browser windows and surveillance footage. The film is a technical marvel with a beating heart, which makes all the difference.
The combination of clever concept reflecting the prevalence of screens in everyday life, and the pleasure of watching a typically underused Mr. Cho take on a meaty lead role make "Searching" a satisfying psychological thriller.
The movie might work better if the psychological puzzle tucked inside it were more engaging or surprising. But as the pieces fall into place, in a clunky resolution, the story turns as flat as the screens that contain it.
None of this would matter if we didn't care about the characters, and in "Search," [Aneesh] Chaganty has found a new idiom for communicating not only the things we share, but also those we keep hidden from the ones we love.