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Searching (2018)

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After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her.

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Aneesh Chaganty
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cho ... David Kim
Sara Sohn ... Pamela Nam Kim
Alex Jayne Go ... Young Margot (5 yrs)
Megan Liu ... Young Margot (7 yrs)
Kya Dawn Lau Kya Dawn Lau ... Young Margot (9 yrs)
Michelle La ... Margot
Joseph Lee ... Peter
Dominic Hoffman Dominic Hoffman ... Michael Porter
Sylvia Minassian Sylvia Minassian ... Mrs. Shahinian (voice)
Melissa Disney ... Isaac's Mom (voice)
Connor McRaith ... Isaac
Colin Woodell ... 911 Operator (voice)
Debra Messing ... Detective Vick
Joseph John Schirle ... Jonah Emmi (voice) (as Joseph K. Shirle)
Ashley Edner ... Margot's Friend #1 (voice)
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Storyline

After David Kim (John Cho)'s 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.

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He just missed his daughter's final call. See more »


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12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

Russia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 2018 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Buscando... See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$388,769, 26 August 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,020,957, 15 November 2018
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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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In real life, there is no Barbosa Lake or Barbosa Ravine near Gilroy, CA. The 152 hwy also has another direction than shown on Google Maps in the movie. See more »

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Detective Vick declared "abduction" status at 8:54AM but the amber alert appear at 8:45AM. See more »

Quotes

David Kim: I didn't know her. I didn't know my daughter.
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One of the best this year
1 December 2018 | by raven-siriusSee all my reviews

John Cho is amazingly versatile. But it's not his film alone. If you were looking for Harold and Grace Make a Thriller- don't. This is actually a decent film.

The score was brilliant. Edge of the seat stuff.

The plot timing was spectacular. Other films one looks at the time and knows how much still needs to happen. I forgot the time altogether and watched.

There was even a pleasant surprise which gained a big tic, the use of technology was entirely believable. Real world and today- no ridiculous effects presented as possibilities, instead it could be what you are looking at right now.

This is a true thriller in the vein of thrillers of old, when we had something to be thrilled by, instead of the predictable thriller tropes.

I was supposed to be in bed hours ago. I've just finished the film and wrote this- it was that good.


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