Director/producer Timur Bekmambetov has had an interesting career. First appearing on the horror scene with his Russian language NIGHT WATCH and DAY WATCH vampire films, he’s gone on to direct some big Hollywood films including WANTED starring Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy. But starting with 2015’s UNFRIENDED, he has produced a number of computer based films, including the sequel UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB but also his latest SEARCHING.
David Kim (John Cho) is a widower, losing his wife to cancer at a young age. His high school aged daughter, Margot (Michelle La), seems like most teenagers. She loves her dad but rather be doing her own thing. When one evening after study group she disappears, David begins an online investigation of her social media accounts and calls to family friends. Getting nowhere she is officially reported as missing and an investigation begins, led by Detective Rosemary Vick. As things are ruled out, foul play and even murder may be at play.
Timur Bekmambetov brought on little known director Aneesh Chaganty to helm the project. Starring John Cho and Debra Messing, the film has received strong reviews and has easily earned back its budget along with making fairly good box office. Dark Discussions takes a look at this very unique thriller and gives their thoughts.