While working at Google, writer/director Aneesh Chaganty decided to pitch a film short idea for ‘Searching” and found financial backing. He left Google, created this innovative project for $1 million, debuted it in Jan. 2018 at Sundance and after it found a theatrical release opportunity -it would go on to screen 12 weeks world-wide and earn $75 million.
Creative story-telling concept+ wonderful editing + engaging story + intriguing mystery + perfect film length (1hr 42 minutes) = A rating. This was the most innovative film of 2018.
I think the phrase, “You’ve never seen a movie like this before,” is overused, clichéd, and takes away the significance of films that are TRULY unique. Yet, with Aneesh Chaganty’s film Searching, the audience is indeed shown a one-of-a-kind intriguing narrative full of masterfully-written mystery, suspense, and thrills that all unfold on the screen of a computer.
Every bit of footage we see is either from a webcam, a cell phone, or online news coverage, immersing the viewer in the familiar setting of a 21st-century technology screen. The intimacy created by this inventive cinematography style forms an effective emotional bond between the viewer and the characters, notably David Kim, the father portrayed by John Cho, who is hell-bent on finding his missing daughter, Margot (Michelle La).
With the story unravelling on a computer screen and through the internet, Chaganty and fellow writer Sev Ohanian were able to incorporate ingenious references, easter eggs…
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