A father hunts for his missing daughter.
The new John Cho movie is a thriller, “but for some parents it will constitute a 102-minute nightmare,” said Jesse Hassenger in AVClub.com. Cho plays the father of a 16-year-old girl who disappears one night after heading out for a late-night study session. He tries to track her down by going through her laptop and social media accounts, yet he soon realizes he doesn’t know her as well as he thought. Much of the movie frames Cho’s face as if we’re looking at him through a computer monitor, and it works because the Korean-American actor “makes such a natural, empathetic everyman.” When Cho’s David realizes that Margot is in danger, Cho “brings to mind the unforced gravity of a ’50s Hitchcock lead.” The movie’s second half is “jammed with bold twists, red herrings, and breathless confrontations,” said Justin Chang in the Los Angeles Times. Some of the twists beggar belief, though, and the conceit that the drama is all unfolding on a computer screen starts to crack as more and more action is delivered as TV news footage. “Cinema’s great trick is its ability to submerge watchers within an artificial world,” said Natalia Winkelman in TheDailyBeast.com. Searching “somehow goes even deeper”—as if we’ve hacked into one worried father’s brain.