Happy Monday everyone! Well, It’s not an overly happy Monday, not considering how well last Monday went. Once we have a little catch up, I want to talk to you about a film we went to see last Monday – Searching – and what I thought of it.
So, as I said, we haven’t had a little catch up yet this week. If you want to find out what I got up to the first few days of Rachel being home, be sure to check out my review of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – the catch up is at the start of it.
Last Monday got off to a not so great start. I was making the most of a Monday off work, and so went to roll over and go back to sleep without looking at the clock, when all I heard was Rachel shouting something about a spider crawling over her bed. Needless to say that was me awake and not in the best of forms. Rachel and Dad left to do some errands, and that was when my morning began to pick up. After a lovely warm shower, I was taking my time drying my hair and watching Suits, when I noticed I had a call on my mobile. It was the car sales man telling me what I had been waiting so long to hear – my little baby was ready to be collected! Isn’t he pretty?
The day then proceeded to get better as we went for a family walk that afternoon, had dinner out, and then went to the local cinema to see the latest Omniplex Secret Screening. Anyone not aware of what this is, basically you get told the genre of film and the age rating thingymabob, and for £7.50 you get your cinema ticket, a regular popcorn, and a regular drink. Not bad value! Rachel and I had been planning to go for a while, and then we decided to make it a family outing by adding Mum and Dad as well. Actually, I won’t go any further here about Searching because that’s what the rest of this post will be about, so keep reading to find out what we saw and our thoughts!
Tuesday saw me back in the office, but that night Rachel and I took our granny out for a belated birthday dinner. We had a lovely meal, took Granny home, and then Rachel and I went for a run. Think that was the first time I’d been running since 2010, but hey it was a start!
On Wednesday morning I couldn’t sleep, so ended up in the garden skipping for 20 minutes before bed. Work was fine again, and that night was the usual – dinner and TV to unwind. We’ve been watching The Affair (on catch up) – have any of you watched it? Thursday saw another day at work followed by a night at weight watchers. Having not been there for almost a month, I was pleasantly pleased at only gaining 1lb! So we’re now back to plan and going to work hard. Not long now until a certain holiday… Anyway. That night we sat in the garden chatting, and it was decided that Dad would go back to Edinburgh with Rachel because she wasn’t happy driving on her own. Friday night we went for dinner at Cutter’s Wharf down on the water. It was pretty good to be honest! Better than I remembered anyway. Rachel’s friend had just been offered her place at the local university, and so she came to join us for celebratory drinks.
Saturday morning dawned quickly, and Dad and Rachel headed off. Mum wasn’t feeling great, so while she watched the golf I got to re-start watching Game of Thrones. I haven’t stopped Suits, but it was nice to try a different show. After dinner we had a little bit of catch up TV and headed to bed for an early night. Sunday came around, and Mum and I met her friends for a walk and some breakfast. It was a lovely walk and a good start to the day, so we didn’t feel too guilty when we watched TV the rest of the day… even if the cat was heavily judging us!
Well, now that you’re all caught up, shall we take a look at Searching?
As I mentioned in my earlier paragraphs, we went to a Secret Screening on Monday night last week. As the last of the trailers ended and the lights went down, up came the big black screen showing we were about to watch Searching, rated 12A here in the UK. Be sure to check it out in your own country to make sure you don’t get caught out by the age restrictions!
Having never heard of the film before, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and to be honest even sitting writing this post having been thinking it over, I can’t find a way to explain the story any better than this synopsis I’ve quoted below from IMDb:
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.
So reading this back now, having seen the film, I can say that my first thoughts would be “huh, that sounds interesting. I’ll add it to my list on Netflix or keep an eye out for it on TV sometime”. And while I wouldn’t blame you for thinking the same thing, all I can say is please make sure you do.
The entire story is told through computer screens of one kind or another – facetime cameras, imessages, family photos and videos, social media, and the media outlets in general – if you can think of the screen, it was probably involved. Although I think the highlight of the movie was hearing David Kim ask “What’s a Tumblr?”.
Sorry, I got there a little early. As I was saying, the different way of telling the story had me intrigued from the start. And the fact there were actually very few on-screen characters wasn’t something I thought about until later when I sat to draft notes for this review.
The cast wasn’t made up of any names I recognised, however they were all good actors, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we see them popping up in a few more films. In fact, both the actors for David Kim and Detective Rosemary Vicks have starred in numerous things before, so don’t be surprised if their faces are familiar!
I haven’t quite been able to ascertain the official release date here in the UK, as some sites are reporting 3rd August while others state the 31st, but I would highly recommend you keep an eye out for it in your local cinemas, and book your tickets to go see it!
For anyone still unsure, I’ve linked to the trailer below. Enjoy!
Have any of you already seen Searching? Or does it sound like the sort of film you would go see? let’s get chatting in the comments box below!