Three wealthy men take a hunting vacation every year together. This year, Richard decides to brings his twenty-something year-old mistress along. There are a good number of bad decisions made by the characters in this film, many completely implausible, and that is by far the biggest one.
Hollywood’s legacy of fine thrillers is rife with films that string you along, leaving you subtle clues that lead you down dead ends and dropping red herrings to frustrate you, only to confront you with a most impossible – but also completely logical – denouement. Hitchcock was the master of this, and many have pretended to his throne.
Searching, from first time director Aneesh Chaganty, is not at all in keeping with that legacy – though it likes to pretend it is. Not only is it not a fine thriller, it isn’t even a good film. Narrow plotting and mediocre performances (both on-screen and voice-only), along with overt clues that completely give away the ending, torpedo a film that seems reliant on a gimmick for any hope of success.