Searching: You'll Need to Take a Seat to Unravel That Twisty Ending
It's been a fantastic year for Asian-Americans in the movie industry, with the arrival of sweet romantic comedies such as Crazy Rich Asians and To All the Boys I've Loved Before. But romance isn't the only genre where we're seeing excellent work by Asian actors. Searching, one of the smartest thrillers of this year, features perhaps the biggest Asian-American lead of our generation: John Cho, who you might know from the stoner comedy Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.
Cho plays David, a Silicon Valley father who uses the internet and social media to track down his missing 16-year-old daughter Margot. The distraught dad enlists the help of his brother, Peter, and the lead detective on his daughter's case, Rosemary Vick. Under Aneesh Chaganty's adroit directing, Searching plays out in a novel and refreshing way. Viewers experience the entire film through social media messages, FaceTime calls, and news footage. Given its inventive style, Searching absolutely features a twist ending.
It's pretty mind-boggling how everything goes down in the third act of the movie. Here's a step-by-step account of the crazy ending to help you connect the logical dots of Searching's central mystery. Spoilers, of course, lie ahead.