Kimi (2022)

Steven Soderbergh directs Zoë Kravitz, Byron Bowers and Rita Wilson in this David Koepp scripted thriller where an agoraphobic tech worker discovers recorded evidence of a violent crime but is met with resistance when she tries to report it.

“O.K. Google… I want to watch Rear Window.”

“Rear Window is not available on any streaming service.”

“Alexa… I want to watch Blow Out.”

“Blow Out is not available on any streaming service. Did you mean Get Out?”

Siri… play The Conversation.

Please repeat.

Not a bad wee techno thriller. Kravitz gives her best performance so far, very physical and attractive. The way she airclaps her hands compulsively after sanitising = the epitome of cute. Soderbergh has the most pleasure in getting his flinty, horny agoraphobic outside into the world, turning Seattle for about 10 minutes into a blocky level from a console game of old. At least that’s what the framing invoked to me. His understanding of tech, privacy and corporations probably matches my own slightly detached, slightly under educated ideas of how the world currently works. We both are probably quite naive, as I’m guessing this is an airport thriller level of knowledge and insight.

6

Perfect Double Bill: Panic Room (2002)

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