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22nd Feb 2022

One of 2022’s best thrillers is now available to watch at home

Rory Cashin

With a score of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, this is a must-watch for film fans.

In case you don’t know who director Steven Soderbergh is, let us give a quick rundown of his CV highlights: Ocean’s Eleven, Magic Mike, Contagion, Logan Lucky, Behind The Candelabra, Side Effects, Traffic, Erin Brokovich.

In case you don’t know who writer David Koepp is, let us give a quick rundown of his CV highlights: Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Zathura, Death Becomes Her, Spider-Man, Panic Room, Stir of Echoes, War of the Worlds.

Separately, whatever they do is absolutely worth our attention. Combined, whatever they do is an immediate must-watch, which is the case with brand new thriller Kimi.

Nodding towards some classic claustrophobic thrillers like Rear Window and The Conversation, we’re introduced to Angela (Zoe Kravitz), an employee for Kimi, which is basically another version of Alexa or Google Home. Whenever there is a tech problem with a Kimi device, Angela listens to the recording and identifies the issue.

However, during one of these recordings, Angela believes she hears what could be evidence to a violent crime, and attempts to alert her employers of the issue, but a wrinkle in proceedings is Angela is suffering from agoraphobia, and she hasn’t left her apartment since being the victim to a violent crime herself.

At an incredibly brisk 89 minutes, the movie rockets along at a breakneck pace, keeping the claustrophobia and paranoia firing on all cylinders all the way through.

Scoring a fantastic 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, the critics were also huge fans of the 2022 thriller:

The New York Times – “However scary that world and however freaky Angela’s situation, Soderbergh never lets the movie get too heavy. Even as the vibe shifts and the atmosphere grows more ominous, he maintains a lightness of touch and a visual playfulness that keeps the movie securely in the realm of pop pleasure.”

The Independent – “Soderbergh may not have intended Kimi to be a film primarily about the pandemic, but it understands intimately what it’s felt like to live through it.”

The Telegraph – “With Kimi, director Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter David Koepp have dazzlingly updated Rear Window for the work-from-home age: their film puts a thrillingly contemporary spin on a vintage paranoia-drenched premise.”

The Hollywood Reporter – “What in lesser hands might have been just another tiresome Covid-19 quickie, locking us into a reality we’re all desperate to escape, becomes a tautly suspenseful nail-biter in Kimi, thanks to tirelessly eclectic director Steven Soderbergh and seasoned screenwriter David Koepp.”

Kimi is available to watch with your NOW Cinema Membership right now.

Clip via HBO Max

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