Exclusive 'Searching' Clip: Changing The Language Of Film

Searching, the latest film to employ the ScreenLife method of having all the action take place on various computer and phone screens, hits Blu-ray this week. The film, from writer-director Aneesh Chaganty, stars John Cho as a man trying to locate his missing daughter. It's one of the best examples of how this method of movie making can be employed, and worth checking out. In honor of the Blu-ray release, we have an exclusive clip below.

Searching Clip

I'm always a little skeptical when a new film within a computer screen arrives. There's something inherently un-cinematic about the format. And yet, Searching subverts those expectations. It finds clever new ways to make the medium work. The above clip highlights the way director Aneesh Chaganty set out to tell the story through various screens.

"Searching kind of has to feel real," Chaganty told us in an interview. "The whole canvas of the film are sites that you as an audience member either have been to before or have the potential to just go to at the click of a button. So it needed to feel familiar, and in a way, we kind of looked at true crime a lot too, to mimic the way people talk about it and the way media responds. And how society communicates about it."

Searching is now available on Blu-ray and digital.

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.

Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Bonus Materials Include:

  • "Changing The Language Of Cinema"
  • "Update Username: Cast and Characters"
  • "Searching For Easter Eggs"
  • "Audio Commentary with Aneesh Chaganty & Sev Ohanian"