Searching is a 2018 advertisement for social media disguised as a film.
0 out of 10 stars. This film is most likely a promo piece for FaceBook. When they made Margot’s funeral an online viewing of the most intimate videos of her life I was sickened. I’ll never watch another film with John Cho or Debra Messing.
This film is about a Korean-American family who live their entire lives on social media. Most of the blame for this lies squarely at the feet of the father, David, who works online with other teams via videochat (and conveniently works in Silicon Valley). Even the mother, Pam, has to keep telling David to stop videotaping them all the time and to keep their private moments private. Then she dies of cancer when Margot is an adolescent. After that it’s just Margot and David.
On the evening of final exams (she’s a senior), Margot disappears and doesn’t come home. David doesn’t worry about her for more than 48 hours. That’s not parenting. That’s housesitting. When he tries to locate her he comes to learn just how little he knows about his daughter. She has gone beyond the social media that David has set up for her. FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, and the normal social media venues weren’t enough for her. She delves deeper into the dark web and finds a place where she can videotape herself and have strangers come into her room and chat with her. One of these strangers befriends her under the ID fish-n-chips. Only fish-n-chips is not the red-haired girl from Pittsburgh with the cancer mom like Margot. She’s really a teenage boy stalker living in the same town and going to the same school. Since fish-n-chips, who says her name is Hannah, claims that she needs money for her mom’s medical bills and her dad has asked her to quit school and work full time at the fish-n-chips restaurant, Margot steals $2500 from her dad, launders it through social media, and sends it to fish-n-chips who is really this teenage boy stalker. Then the stalker finally decides to confront her and reveal who he really is. He ends up almost killing her and leaving her to die at the bottom of a huge canyon.
Here’s where the creepy and dumb ending comes in.
Stalker boy’s mom is the cop investigating Margot’s disappearance. Completely unbelievable, but whatever. So Detective Vick fabricates evidence that leads the cops to think Margot is dead. They find her car in a lake with her blood in it. Then the cop gives drugs to a pedophile and convinces him to make a confession video. This video goes viral and everyone stops looking for Margot. Instead, all of the sickos come out of the woodwork to claim fame as friends of Margo’s when none of them were. It gets worse because Margo is still alive at the bottom of a canyon and no one is looking for her.
So the producers of the film decided to make David some kind of hero for figuring out that fish-n-chips is not the girl in the photo, Hannah. She’s someone else. He eventually finds the boy’s name and realizes it’s the cop’s son. That’s when the house of cards falls down. The cop completely confesses (also unlikely) and they go find Margo at the bottom of the canyon.
At the end of the film David and Margot are waving for their friends on social media. :0 Did no one learn from this crapfest?
After the film there’s a length commentary from the Indian producers about all of the social media easter eggs in the film that contain 1200 subplots. A subplot is an actual plot, not a bunch of images and icons scattered throughout the film. That’s not a plot at all. Which explains why this really poorly written film was produced in the first place–advertisements are included throughout the film for various social media sites including an online burial service that posts all of your intimate videos for viewers to watch online during your memorial service. This is what David does with Margot’s videos and photos. :0
o out of 10 stars. All of the social media sites have spammed Amazon with over 1,000 fake reviews for this film. I’m not sure which is more revolting, the film itself or the fake reviews trying to say social media is safe. It’s not.