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Starring: Zoë Kravitz, Byron Bowers, Jaime Camil, Jacob Vargas, Derek DelGaudio, Erika Christensen, Devin Ratray, Andy Daly, Rita Wilson
OUR RATING: ★★★½
HBO Max thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh. Kimi (2022) centers on an agoraphobic tech worker, Angela Childs (Zoë Kravitz), who discovers evidence of a violent crime while reviewing a data stream, but is met with resistance when she tries to report it. Seeking justice, she realizes she must face her greatest fear, she must leave her apartment.
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Bradley Hasling: Kimi understands you better today than it did yesterday because of our people.
Sharon: Is that efficient?
Bradley Hasling: It’s actually the fastest way to get better fast, if that makes any sense. The bottom line is, it’s working.
Antonio Rivas: [over phone] You can transfer the second payment now.
Bradley Hasling: Jesus. Okay. And no chance of discovery?
Antonio Rivas: Of her? No. You there?
Bradley Hasling: You’ll have it within the hour.
Angela Childs: Kimi?
Kimi: I’m here!
Marcos: [over phone] Please don’t do that.
Angela Childs: Do what?
Marcos: Say the same thing over and over again until I can’t take it anymore, and I give up.
Teenage Girl: [as Angela is listening to the stream] Play “Me”, Taylor Swift.
Kimi: Creating personalized station of Taylor Swift songs.
Teenage Girl: No! I just want to hear “Me”!
Kimi: I’m listening.
Teenage Girl: Play…
Kimi: Tell me what’s on your mind.
Teenage Boy: [as Angela is listening to the stream] Hey, Kimi.
Kimi: I’m here!
Teenage Boy: You’re a peckerwood.
Kimi: I don’t know what you mean by “you’re a peckerwood”.
Teenage Boy: It means you’re a big wooden d**k.
Angela Childs: [referring to Terry] So, you know the guy from across the street?
Angela’s Mother: Yes. I’m not sure I approve of you waving in the window like a hooker in Amsterdam, but I know who you mean.
Angela Childs: Mom, it was lockdown. Everyone was in the window.
Angela Childs: [referring to not going to her breakfast date] I didn’t go. But I tried.
Angela’s Mother: I don’t know what you want me to say, other than the things I always say.
Angela Childs: I don’t want you to say anything.
Angela Childs: Thanks, Darius.
Darius: Anything for you, Hotness.
Angela Childs: You can’t say that s**t anymore, Darius.
Darius: This is Romania. MeToo is like fifty years away.
Terry Hughes: When were you at the waterfront?
Angela Childs: What are you looking at?
Terry Hughes: Your Instagram. You ate at The Pink Door?
Angela Childs: No.
Terry Hughes: You wrote here you did.
Angela Childs: I just liked the picture.
Terry Hughes: Why would you write, “Oh, my God, so delicious,” if you’ve never been there before?
Angela Childs: Why can’t things just be good? Why do things always have to be the best?
Dentist: And I know this is difficult for you.
Angela Childs: You don’t know.
Dentist: No, I guess I don’t know. What I do know is that an abscessed tooth is a magic carpet for bacteria to enter the bloodstream and go to your brain.
Christian Holloway: Why would you send me that stream? I have told everybody not to send me things like that. And especially a week before the IPO.
Angela Childs: I thought it might have been a crime.
Christian Holloway: Delete it.
Angela Childs: Did you hear me? I thought it might have been a crime.
Christian Holloway: Yeah, the devices pick up things. Lots of things. And our policy is it’s not our business.
Angela Childs: I think this might have been sexual assault.
Christian Holloway: No. Don’t say that. You don’t know that. It was an argument.
Angela Childs: I have a very strong feeling.
Christian Holloway: Based on what?
Angela Childs: Based on my very strong feeling.
Christian Holloway: Okay. Just skip this one.
Angela Childs: I can’t do that. I clear my list. I always clear my list.
Christian Holloway: Yes, I know that. And it’s one of the things that I like best about you. So here’s what you do. You just mark this degraded audio, and delete it, and then you’ll be clear.
Angela Childs: What if this woman needs help?
Christian Holloway: We have no idea who she is.
Angela Childs: I have the stream number.
Christian Holloway: Yeah, but those are randomly assigned. She’s totally anonymous, that’s the whole point.
Christian Holloway: [to Angela, referring to the disturbing stream] Listen, don’t email anybody about this! I’m telling you, you do not want the aggravation. They hate this kind of thing.
Angela Childs: [over phone] I’m a voice stream interpreter. And I believe I may have heard a crime on one of the streams.
Woman: I see. Amygdala takes evidence of wrongdoing very seriously, Ms. Childs. If you could please write a detailed summary and email it to Ms. Chowdhury, she will return your call by the end of day.
Angela Childs: I’d rather just tell her about it.
Woman: Amygdala takes this very seriously, Ms. Childs, and we do ask that you start with a written report.
Darius: Hey, Hotness!
Angela Childs: Seriously, Darius, they will fire you for that.
Darius: I invite them to f*** off!
Darius: You know, you only ever call me when you need a favor. And your Instagram is bulls**t, by the way. I data scraped. It’s full of reposts and lies. I don’t even know who you are, really. Who makes fake life online, huh?
Angela Childs: Literally everyone.
Angela Childs: Can you make me a dummy admin code, please?
Darius: Why should I?
Angela Childs: Because I heard something bad.
Darius: You hear lots bad.
Angela Childs: No, not like this. And, trust me, I know bad. I used to moderate for Facebook.
Angela Childs: Send me the code?
Darius: This is last favor, fake Hotness. You’re too weird, even for me.
Dr. Burns: What is this work thing? Why pursue this?
Angela Childs: I heard something, and I think a woman might need help.
Dr. Burns: Maybe she does. Or maybe you’ve just replaced your real stresses with this.
Dr. Burns: Do you think it’s time to talk about it?
Angela Childs: About what?
Dr. Burns: What happened to you at Evergreen. How long you’re going to let it color the rest of your life?
Samantha Gerrity: [as Angela is listening to the stream] You know what you did.
Bradley Hasling: You don’t know what you’re talking about.
Samantha Gerrity: I don’t know what I’m talking about?
Bradley Hasling: It wasn’t like that.
Samantha Gerrity: Admit what you did.
Samantha Gerrity: [to Hasling] I want people to know who you really are.
Bradley Hasling: Stop it! And stop calling my house.
Samantha Gerrity: No, Brad. No. I won’t be discarded.
Bradley Hasling: This is over.
Samantha Gerrity: Oh, no, it isn’t. I know things, Brad.
Samantha Gerrity: [to Hasling] People need to know about your s**tty product. They should know anybody can hack into it any time they want. Say goodbye to your hundred million dollars.
[after which Angela hears Samantha being killed]
Natalie Chowdhury: [over phone] You’ve called exactly the right person. I’ll tell you what let’s do. Let’s definitely call the FBI, as soon as possible. I’m clearing my schedule for the rest of the day. Close your files. Come to my office, and we’ll listen to the recordings together. We can be joined by a third party, and you can select from anyone on my staff. Then we’ll notify the authorities officially. Together. When they come, we’ll play everything for them here. Does that sound good?
Angela Childs: I’m leaving now.
Antonio Rivas: [referring to Samantha] Your friend, did you give her a Kimi?
Bradley Hasling: Holy s**t.
Antonio Rivas: : Unbelievable.
Bradley Hasling: She got unpredictable. Threatening. I was just keeping an eye on things.
Antonio Rivas: : Well, so was she.
Angela Childs: Sorry, I thought that you said we would do it in the presence of the FBI?
Natalie Chowdhury: That’s not exactly what I said. But I have to know what we’re dealing with.
Angela Childs: We’re dealing with what sounds like a premeditated murder.
Natalie Chowdhury: How do I know that?
Angela Childs: Because I just told you. Twice now.
Angela Childs: Can we please just call the FBI first?
Natalie Chowdhury: Angela.
Angela Childs: Yeah?
Natalie Chowdhury: I understand that you have taken some mental health leave in the past.
Angela Childs: why is that in my file?
Natalie Chowdhury: Angela, what are we doing here?
Angela Childs: We’re waiting for you to call the FBI?
Natalie Chowdhury: You’re right.
Natalie Chowdhury: And, Angela, you’re a very strong, brave woman.
Angela Childs: No one’s ever accused me of that before.
Natalie Chowdhury: Well, it’s true.
Antonio Rivas: [after Angela runs away from Chowdhury’s office] We are contained and clean at a corporate level. But the tech worker’s in the open.
Bradley Hasling: You said you had her.
Antonio Rivas: They did. But now they don’t.
Bradley Hasling: What the f***, Rivas?
Antonio Rivas: I can handle it.
Bradley Hasling: This is happening too fast.
Antonio Rivas: I know, right? Crazy times. The world these days. I mean, it bums me out, to be honest. Relax. In a week you’ll be rich.
Bradley Hasling: Don’t ever contact me again.
Yuri: [over phone, referring to arranging to kill Angela] Fifty thousand dollars if I’m always live.
Antonio Rivas: That’s usurious.
Yuri: No, it is not. I’m not charging interest. It’s excessive, is what you mean.
Glasses Thug: [over phone, referring to Angela] Where the f*** is she, Yuri?
Yuri: Question is not where she is. It’s where she’s going.
Glasses Thug: What the f*** is wrong with people? Everybody in everybody else’s business.
Glasses Thug: [after they’ve captured and drugged Angela] What did she do?
Tall Thug: Don’t start.
Glasses Thug: What, you never wonder?
Angela Childs: [after Kevin gets stabbed by the thugs for trying to help her] I’ve seen you.
Kevin: Yeah. Yeah, I live over there.
Angela Childs: How did you know my name?
Kevin: It’s, you know, it’s on your buzzer.
Angela Childs: Not my first name.
Kevin: I searched your address records. It wasn’t hard. You’re like me. You never go out. That’s how I knew that you were in trouble. Serves me right.
Antonio Rivas: [referring to the USB drive] The files on there were dumped from somewhere. Where did you get them from?
Angela Childs: It doesn’t matter. I emailed it to everyone I know this morning.
Antonio Rivas: You sent it to exactly no one. I went through your email.
Angela Childs: Who is it on the recording?
Antonio Rivas: Does it matter?
Antonio Rivas: What the f***’s going on?
Glasses Thug: [as Kevin stabs him] I just got stabbed, a**hole!
Angela Childs: [after she’s killed all the thugs with the nail gun] Hey, what’s your name?
Kevin: I’m Kevin.
Angela Childs: Thanks, Kevin.
Kevin: Any time.
Angela Childs: [as she’s calling 911 Terry shows up at her door with flowers] My name is Angela Childs. I’d like to report a break-in at one-eight-five-five Stacy Street, apartment 4F. There’s a person here who’s been stabbed and needs medical attention, and there’s also three dead bodies.
[we see Hasling being arrested on the news and Angela is finally able to go out on a date with Terry]