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Clever, complex and captivating, Searching explores our relationship with social media through an innovative, internet-inspired mystery…

How many of us are guilty of spending too much time gazing at a screen? 

At a rough guess, 99% – and it’s our digital addiction that forms the core of the bold and brilliant new thriller, Searching (in cinemas August 31st.)

David Kim’s life is thrown into chaos when his feisty 16-year-old daughter Margot – who he’s been communicating with via FaceTime– suddenly goes missing. 

As Kim, a recent widower after losing his wife to lymphoma, tries to track her down, he realises the only way he’ll really find out what happened to Margot is by accessing her laptop and tracing her digital footprint. 

Kim discovers that not only has his daughter been pocketing the $100 he was giving her for piano lessons; she’s also been chatting to strangers. 

As Kim dives into the virtual rabbit hole of Margot’s online life, he uncovers a group of friends who pretend to be closer to his daughter than they are and, when Margot’s case goes viral, falls victim to a chilling Twitter hashtag that proclaims #DadDidIt.

What’s so ingenious about Searching is that the entire film is told on computer screens, its mystery uncoiling via webcam, browser windows and YouTube. 

Out on August 31st, crucially, this isn’t just a style over substance novelty – following its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the film won the prestigious Audience Award.

In fact, for all its technical trickery, it’s the cast who make Searching so gripping; John Cho is brilliant as a father at his wit’s end, while Debra Messing shines as Detective Vick, an expert in finding missing kids.

Loaded with clever twists and utterly original, Searching probes deeply into the secrets we keep online and our use of social media – and then challenges our relationship with it.

See Searching for free

Step away from Instagram for a few hours and experience the brilliant Searching for free on August 14th at the following UK cinemas: Birmingham VUE, Edinburgh Omni VUE, Finchley Road VUE, Leeds Light VUE, Manchester Printworks VUE, Piccadilly Circus VUE, Glasgow Braehead Odeon, Kingston Odeon and Liverpool ONE Odeon. 

Make sure you arrive at your chosen venue at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. 

Click here to get tickets and enter the promotional code UP9ECZ.