An agoraphobic tech worker hears what she presumes to be a prelude to murder and in her quest to unmask those involved ends up pitting herself against a powerful corporation whose leadership will stop at nothing to silence her.
Zoe Kravitz plays the protagonist, Angela Childs, a tech genius with a mental and behavioural disorder whose normal day becomes interesting when she hears what she assumes is a recording of a woman being killed.
I started watching this movie without any prior knowledge of what to expect since I knew nothing about it and didn't see the trailer.
The first 20 minutes or so were a test on my nerves as I was tempted to stop watching at a point, no thanks to the slow pacing and director Steven Soderbergh taking his time to flesh out the character of Angela, her insecurities, desires, and isolation.
Things became interesting when Angela begins her quest to find out who murdered the woman in the recording. It's a path that leads her to the higher powers in her own company and before she knows it, she finds herself on the run as her pursuers close in from every direction.
We live in a world of technology. While that has greatly aided us in a lot of ways, it could also prove to become our undoing as is portrayed here.
Kravitz stuns with her acting skills; I can't fault her in any way as she perfectly embodied everything you come to expect from an agoraphobic person.
The editing (especially the sound editing) is flawless (I was reminded yet again how much of a professional Soderbergh is in making the irrelevant and uninteresting appealing).
The attention to detail in the scenes where Angela navigates her way on her computer while doing her job is as naturalistic as it is convincing.
When things begin to build up for the climax where the heroine must fight to live or die trying, the viewer is thrust straight into the events unfolding on screen and with bated breath can only hope that the story ends well for Angela.
Kimi is one of those movies that can't really be called outstanding but grows on you, making you realize that a film doesn't have to be to be enjoyed.
From the dialogue, Soderbergh's interpretation, and Kravitz's riveting outing, this is a unique film I found interesting and recommend to those patient enough for the reward it brings eventually.