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KIMI – Cliff Martinez

March 1, 2022 1 comment

Original Review by Jonathan Broxton

I was initially disappointed to learn that Kimi is not a biopic of the Formula 1 driver Kimi Räikkönen, but is instead a new techno-thriller from director Steven Soderbergh. It’s essentially a new spin on the trope of someone witnessing an apparent crime from afar, but when the witness tries to report the crime they are met with disbelief from the authorities. The whole thing began with Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window back in 1954, and has seen a resurgence of late through films such as Disturbia, Gone Girl, and last year’s The Woman in the Window. Zoe Kravitz stars as Angela, a tech expert with agoraphobia who works for a company that makes ‘Kimi,’ a smart home appliance similar to Siri and Alexa. Part of Angela’s job is to monitor the voice commands given to Kimi by its users, ostensibly to improve the device’s search algorithm; however, when Angela apparently discovers recorded evidence of the murder of a Kimi user, she tries to report it to her superiors – and quickly finds her own life in danger as a result. Read more…