Preview, We’ve never Seen John Cho like this, “Searching” for his missing daughter

August is traditionally a studio dumping ground, movies not strong enough to stand with the Big Boys of Summer, movies will few prospects of garnering attention during “Awards Season,” which begins in fall.

But smart players of the box office game know that “August Sleeper” is a real thing, a movie that opens at the end of a blockbuster summer, usually a genre picture that touches a nerve.

Might “Searching” be that picture this summer? A father (John Cho) starts plowing through his 15 year-old daughter’s school, social media and general online profile after she disappears.

“I KNOW my daughter,” is the catchphrase of this trailer.

Genre pictures like this aren’t usually marketed to the parent-age audience, but the general paranoia about “What the kids are up to online” is a part of the zeitgeist.

Debra Messing co-stars in this Aug. 3 release, with unheralded Aneesh Aganty behind the camera. And whatever else you want to say about it, there’s enough creepiness there to cut a really good trailer out of.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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