Andrea’s film review – KIMI

KIMI ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali

An agoraphobic Seattle tech worker uncovers evidence of a crime. You can stream this on Sky or Now TV or rent it from GooglePlay, Amazon or YouTube.

In this is lean 90-minute thriller, Zoë Kravitz (who’s fantastic and she’s also soon to be seen in the new Batman as Catwoman), plays Angela, a tech worker from a company which might as well be called Apple or Amazon, who discovers evidence of a crime while reviewing some recordings in a device called “Kimi”, a product not too dissimilar from the likes of Alexa or Siri.

There are several echoes of classic films like De Palma’s Blow Out and Coppola’s The Conversation as Angela forensically analyses the sound on the recordings and slowly uncovers evidence of not just a crime but a bigger conspiracy behind it.

There’s great potential in the story for a lot of interesting discussions to have on privacy, big corporations and even mental problems due to Covid restrictions and lockdowns (the film takes place in the midst of the pandemic). Alas director Steven Soderbergh doesn’t seem much interested in any of that, but what he does give us is a very entertaining, albeit rather disposable, tight little thriller.

Nothing that we haven’t’ seen before, but it’s stylish and gripping enough and with a modern twist to it, makes it feel more original that in fact it is.

The days of Soderbergh’s Out of Sight, Erin Brokovich and even Traffic are very far away, but he’s clearly still excited in trying to experiment with aesthetic technics.

This is a film of two halves both in terms of its storytelling and visual techniques.

There’s a hint of Hitchcock’s Rear Window in the first half of the film as it all takes place inside Angela’s apartment. She suffers from agoraphobia and spends her days spying on people’s windows and people in the street below (does it remind you of anything?).

The camerawork here is smooth, very controlled, often static.

Then once Angela finally leaves the apartment, the film turns into a much more relentless affair: quick cuts, handheld camerawork, with fast and energetic movements reflecting the protagonist’s mood and anxiety at being out in the open.

It’s a highly effective approach and even if it all leads to nothing and clearly lacks the real ambition and depth one would expect from such an experienced director, this is still an enjoyable ride.

Andrea Carnevali is a Bafta winning film maker who lives in Chiswick.

KIMI is available to stream on Sky or Now TV or to rent from GooglePlay, Amazon or YouTube.

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