IMDB: [PG-13] After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her.
Rating:  💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚Update
You’ll be spinning as you click and search along side David as he desperately tries to find his missing daughter Margot. There have been more than a handful of screen-view style films but this one is seamless and stunning. The atmosphere is calm, tense, frustrating, emotional, and dizzying all displayed in pixels. It’s one that will leave you second-guessing everything.
Update: On second watch, it’s still fantastic and like watching an entirely new film.
What I Loved:
Similar to found footage or documentary style films, screen-share style cinema has to be well-done for me to tolerate it. Sometimes it can be headache-inducing. However this one is the best I’ve seen so far. There was true beauty in the way it was captured. Even using a screensaver as an ethereal landscape. It feels full and realistic. It creates a wealth of history in the background tabs, unread emails, pop ups, and desktop files in a way that informs us about the world our characters inhabit.
Searching deals with complex emotions like love, death, and family in an astonishingly tangible way. Being in that near-30 year old age, I felt both the angst and awkwardness of Margot plus the love and complexities of parenting from David.
It’s like a true crime series that we’re involved in from start to finish. It expects us to pay attention and become detectives along with David and the police. It’s begging for a second (or third?!) viewing. Put your phone and computer down so you can track everything in this one!
But most of all this one kept shocking me. The story is so well done. The plot and acting will leave you breathless.
What I Didn’t Love:
There’s very little that I could mark down as a negative. (My notes actually lack any X’s.) Because this is, you know, a film, there are more video calls and cameras than seems true-to-life. I would also say the pacing gets very fast in the end while slower to start. While this is a very minor note, a few parts dragged just slightly longer than I would have hoped. But we’re talking a few seconds to a minute here and there.
“I know my daughter. She didn’t run away.”
The End – or is it?