A college student who has an ill mother who is terminally ill and a struggling podcast decides to look into the mysterious disappearance of his popular classmate. Susie search will be Dark comedy and a near sinister thriller about the dangers that come with social media obsession. The desire to be part of a community and a desire to be famous leads a supposedly likeable protagonist to a dark path. The film cleverly makes use of narration via voiceover as well as reaction shots and clever camera placement to create the story, with a variety of twists. Certain scenes can be spotted from a mile away, but the actors and director’s execution are very impressive.
Susie Wallace (Kiersey Clemons), sporting braces and a radiant smile, is at her desk in her True Crime podcast. Susie searches is a detective who solves crimes with a fervent passion. Susie tells her audience of a particular reward. Susie always could predict the end before everyone else. A flashback shows younger Susie (Ellie Reine) reading murder mysteries with her loving mom (Jammie Patton). Susie yells out the villains while her enthralled mother skips over the final pages to verify.
Susie is cashier in an eatery in the Ohio campus’ commissary. Susie is constantly criticized at work by Jillian (Rachel Sennott) and a snarky colleague, and is constantly micromanaged in her work. Her eccentric and anal-retentive manager, Edgar Cabot (a ponytail-wearing Ken Marino), expects absurdly perfect performance from his staff members earning minimum wage. However, the main news that is affecting their town isn’t about the one about the burger. It’s been an entire day since they lost the identity the wealthy student who has millions of followers on social media.
Kiersey Clemons in Susie search
Jesse (Alex Wolff) had it allbeautiful looks, money and millions of followers who watched his videos on YouTube. Susie obsesses over his puzzling case. She is a volunteer in the department of records of the local police station much to the annoyance Sheriff Loggins (Jim Gaffigan) and Deputy Graham (David Walton) and Sheriff Loggins (Jim Gaffigan) who’ve been slammed by the media for failing to locate Jesse. Susie goes home to see her mother who is sick. She’s also saddened by the stats of her podcast. Only one person rated her most recent episode. Susie must increase her popularity. Susie will find Jesse at any cost.
Director/writer Sophia Kargman does an excellent job of delineating Susie and her motives. Susie isn’t surrounded by real-life friends, isn’t taken seriously, and is considered to be a nuisance. However, everyone around her undervalues her intelligence and determination. Susie is not one to be overlooked. The need to be validated triggers the hidden aspect of Susie’s personality. There’s of more in Susie than what meets the eye.
The second act of the film significantly alters the plot. The dreams of the courageous Susie. Susie has become a hero in the most epic underdog story. Her podcast explodes in popularity. The national media is clamoring to talk with her. The president of the school (Geoffrey Owens) would like her to become the spokesperson for recruiting. In fact, Jillian and Edgar reluctantly acknowledge her investigational abilities. There are a few who have been on board with the trend. The pieces don’t always make sense for Sheriff Loggins.
Susie Searches has an engaging visual and auditory style that grows more fascinating as the film goes on. Susie tells the tale of her heroic actions. The narration is akin to listening to her show. The voiceover is a thorough explanation of her method of investigation. She hopes to demonstrate that intellect and determination are able to resolve any problem.
We soon realize that the knife cuts both ways as Susie’s fame and fame are questioned. Kargman shifts tone towards a more sassy approach. The camera looks at Susie from various angles as she unravels slowly. There are hilarious reactions cut scenes in which genuine emotions spill out. Susie’s barely keeping her head together. Her confidence wall begins to fall apart.
Susie is a person you’ll initially root for to achieve success. She’s a poor, unpopular girl with a parent who is dying however, she’s got the determination. This determination and determination deserves to be celebrated. The applause quickly diminishes. Clemons changes from confident and bubbly to a frightened wreck. Her charisma disappears when her positive and inspiring behavior is now completely disgusting. Susie’s dark side flips an obnoxious switch. Susie is the epitome of an wolf dressed as sheep. Clemons is awe-inspiring with a complicated delivery that subtly manipulates your emotions.
Kargman’s main goal is to sharply critique popular culture’s obsession with instant fame as well as praise. An expertly crafted image that is that is boosted by algorithms and key words creates false idols. Susie is in love with Jesse’s followers. Adrenalin and endorphins are released with every retweet and like. Take a look at me. I’m amazing, and you believe it too. Praise is a substance which fuels Narcissism. It is the result that leads to destructive behaviors. This is a cycle that increases bad habits. It doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to detect the rat. Kargman has clearly shown the ability and potential as a film maker, offers intriguing clues. What follows is a regular path, but is still captivated by Clemons as your undependable guide.