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"KIMI" (2022) Movie Review: The Good and The Bad

An amateur film review writer who likes pretty much every film genre.

KIMI is Steven Soderbergh’s second-best movie since Logan Lucky in 2017.

While monitoring a data stream during the COVID-19 outbreak in Seattle, an agoraphobic tech worker discovers proof of a brutal crime. When she tries to report it to her company, she is met with resistance and bureaucracy.

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Steven Soderbergh's KIMI is a 2022 American thriller film (Logan Lucky). Zoe Kravitz (The Batman), Rita Wilson (Jingle All the Way), and others feature in the film. On February 10, 2022, it was launched on HBO Max/HBO Go.

The people working behind and in front of the camera are great individuals. As a result, they manage to create a strong movie with a good story and an excellent main character. However, not everything in it works.

With that in mind, here are the good and bad parts of the movie.

The Good

1. Zoë Kravitz Solid Performance

Zoë Kravitz portrays the character of Angela Child, a tech worker who is suffering from agoraphobia. Due to the pandemic way of life, she found it difficult to venture out of her own home. It became an issue when she must go out to report a crime that she had witnessed.

Not only is the character writing excellent, but Zoë’s performance is also amazing. You instantly buy into the suffering and pain Angela was suffering. From there, you want to see her successfully overcome her issues and have a happy life.

Because of that, you are invested in her journey throughout the movie.

2. Excellent Camera Work

Thank you for directing the movie, Mr. Soderbergh. His camera work is outstanding and compliments the movie perfectly. He succeeds to record the most pivotal point of the story: Angela's decision to go out in the public.

As previously stated, Angela suffers from agoraphobia, a condition that causes her to be afraid of being in public. As a result, when she does go out, the camera quickly switches style and viewpoint from when she was at home. The camera lens became unpredictable, shifting the angle to various degrees on a regular basis.

You can see Angela's emotional and mental battle as she must go through something she is uncomfortable with. And you can appreciate the director’s work for that.

KIMI (2022) Official Poster

KIMI (2022) Official Poster

3. The Short Runtime

KIMI is one of the greatest instances of a film that knows its plot and how much time it needs to convey it, with only 89 minutes.

It started slowly in the first act while the film-built things up, but after the first 30 minutes, the succeeding acts moved at a much faster and more furious pace, culminating in a searing finish. If you are looking for a good short film to watch, this is one of them.

4. The Theme

One of the reasons why KIMI is such a terrific narrative is because it is so relevant. With Google and Apple providing voice assistant services in recent years, the story's suggestion that our private lives are being covertly recorded and observed by those services and the people working behind them is frighteningly true.

The topic isn't very subtle, but it's still powerful.

Zoe Kravitz as Angela Child

Zoe Kravitz as Angela Child

The Bad

1. Pandemic Reminder

Even though this is most likely a small problem, it is worth mentioning. The story is set during the pandemic era, and it served as a gentle reminder, albeit one the audience wouldn't have been one to, of the current condition, we are still living in.

And it's possible that some fans didn't want it in their form of entertainment. A form of entertainment intended to avoid the harsh realities of life.

Again, this is just a matter of personal choice. So, if you don't want to be reminded of a certain infection, skip this movie.

2. The Weak Side Characters

KIMI doesn’t have a whole lot of actors and actresses in it. As a result, the small roles of the side characters had been unsurprising.

However, that still doesn’t excuse the poor writing given to those characters. Such a shame because they do have talent working onscreen for the film, such as Rita Wilson (Sleepless in Seattle) and Devin Ratray (Home Sweet Home Alone). They were just wasted with two-dimensional characters that look pale in comparison to Zoë Kravitz’s character.

Angela Finding Out A Possible Crime

Angela Finding Out A Possible Crime

Words of Recommendation

KIMI is a movie that you should see. It's quick-paced, with a straightforward plot. The principal actor is affable and convincing in the part. The only big flaws are the story’s setting (which may or may not be to one's liking) and the unimpressive supporting characters.

7/10 for KIMI.

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