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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]