*No twists spoiled, but as always…
When her mother disappears while on vacation in Colombia with her new boyfriend, June’s search for answers is hindered by international red tape. Stuck thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, June creatively uses all the latest technology at her fingertips to try and find her before it’s too late. However, as she digs ever deeper, her digital sleuthing soon raises more questions than answers.
“I have to find my mom”
In 2018 a movie came out called SEARCHING and it absolutely rocked my world at the time. It was my number one movie of the yar that year and it is one of my two main recommendations when people ask me (along with CHEF). Obviously, when I found out a quasi sequel was coming out I could not have been more excited to dive back into one of these mysteries.
The gimmick with this movie, like SEARCHING before, is that the screen you are seeing is a computer screen, and the whole story is told through that screen. So it uses Facetime, WhatsApp, Youtube Videos, Netflix Videos, Texting, and any other feature you can think of to explain what is going on throughout the story. Doing this makes the movie really feel like it is in modern times and is a very scary allegory on the current state of technology we have. It is also just an incredibly riveting mystery and will have you dropping your jaw until the final reveals.
The story is about June (Storm Reid) and her mother Grace (Nia Long), and after Grace goes missing on a trip to Colombia with her Boyfriend, June has to use all her technological savvy to find her. What this movie really comments on though is how easy it would be for people to hack into your life and control every aspect of you without you knowing. Also, the idea that THE DARK KNIGHT so smartly remarked “you either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” This is commented on when of course the longer the investigation goes, the internet turns on Grace and wonders did she do it to herself, without any evidence pointing that way. That is just the way the world works now a days unfortunately and seeing it play out on screen like that was very eerie.
Stock Up – Storm Reid
Storm Reid who’s career started in the fantastic 12 YEARS A SLAVE, and in the last few years has really blossomed with movies like A WRINKLE IN TIME, THE INVISIBLE MAN, and THE SUICIDE SQUAD. She takes this role by the horns and never lets it go. Every second she is on screen whether being shown or just talking she holds your attention and when the final moments hit, she takes your heart with her. I am very excited to see her in THE NUN 2.
*A couple other tidbits
- Nia Long was great as her mother.
- How about Ken Leung, great to see him pop up as always.
- This girl really needed some better friends.
It is really hard to talk about this movie because you do not want to give any reveals away at all. Every step of the story matters and every time the story turns your brain shifts as to who you think may have done it. I would watch 1000 of these movies so I hope they keep making them.
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