By Stefanie Sadocha
It is a rare occasion when a movie receives an outstanding score on the Rotten Tomatoes board. However, Searching scored a whopping ninety-three percent and has brought over sixty million dollars into box offices nationally. The movie was originally released in January 2018 at Sundance Film Festival, but it was not released in theaters until August 2018. The dramatic mystery exposes the detective work that goes into solving a crime.
The teenage daughter, Margot Kim, of protagonist David Kim goes missing one night after a typical school day. After filing a missing child report, Mr. Kim patiently waits for information about his daughter’s case. After becoming frustrated over the detective’s lack of information, Mr. Kim decides to take the case into his own hands and start investigating on his own. The film is set in present day, so using technology, Mr. Kim is able to find all of the information about his daughter's life and friends through her laptop.
The film is definitely not your typical mystery movie. The beginning of the film leads the viewer to believe that the story may follow the plot of many other movies; most viewers are left bored and wanting more throughout the first half of the film. However, about halfway through the movie, everyone’s jaws drop. The shocking plot twist is sure to catch everyone off guard.
In fact, sophomore Brianna Barefoot reveals that the surprise is the “biggest plot twist of the century.”
Now, let’s talk about the stars. The film is full of both experienced and aspiring actors who do not yet have big names in Hollywood (but after this film, they might!). John Cho plays Mr. Kim, Michelle La plays Margot Kim, and Debra Messing plays Detective Rosemary Vick,
The movie’s underlying messages were also powerful. The film made a bold statement about how the internet affects everyone’s life. It exposes the consequences of posting one’s life online by showing the downfalls of sharing personal information. On the other hand, the film also illustrates the benefits of the internet in that it plays an essential role during Mr. Kim’s search to find his daughter.
Originally, the directors of the movie had no intentions of sharing the film nationally. However, after the film festival, Sony Pictures took the rights to the movie and released the film in theaters across the country. The fact that Sony, a major production company, wanted to take the work into their own hands shows just how excellent the film is.
Searching is a must-see movie that deserves 5/5 stars!