Combustible Celluloid
With: Zoë Kravitz, Betsy Brantley (voice), Rita Wilson, India de Beaufort, Emily Kuroda, Byron Bowers, Alex Dobrenko, Jaime Camil, Derek DelGaudio, Erika Christensen, Devin Ratray, Andy Daly
Written by: David Koepp
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
MPAA Rating: R for violence, language and brief sexuality/nudity
Running Time: 89
Date: 02/10/2022

Kimi (2022)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Running Smart

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Steven Soderbergh's thriller about a woman with agoraphobia is pretty familiar under the surface, but references to COVID, and Soderbergh's skilled touch make it a throughly entertaining sit. Zoë Kravitz is another reason to watch; she's terrific as Angela Childs, who works for the smart device company that makes the smart speaker KIMI. Her job is writing new code to fix the device's mistakes (such as not knowing that "Me!" is the title of a Taylor Swift song). As it begins, she texts her lover (Byron Bowers) that she'll meet him downstairs at the food truck. Soderbergh shows every detail of her getting ready, followed by the moment of being stopped at the door by her condition. It's a very strong, affecting sequence. Later, after Angela believes she's heard a recording of a possible murder, she does go out, and it feels less real, and more of a gimmick, but Soderbergh keeps up the suspense and a swift pace. After a zippy 89 minutes, it goes out on a good note.

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