Though it flew depressingly under the radar when it dropped on HBO Max earlier this year, Steven Soderbergh's low-budget tech-thriller Kimi is yet further proof that that he's one of the most versatile and creative filmmakers working today.
Set during the pandemic, Kimi stars Zoë Kravitz as Angela, an agoraphobic tech worker who uncovers evidence of a violent crime and faces great resistance while trying to report it.
It might not sound like the juiciest subject matter, but this low-fi homage to Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation is a compulsively engaging romp thanks to both Soderbergh's tight, claustrophobic direction and a sharp script from prolific screenwriter David Koepp (Jurassic Park).
It's unabashedly minor Soderbergh, but a master is a master, and he wrings every possible drop of intrigue out of the unassuming setup. Kravitz is terrific, and it boasts possibly the best use of two separate pop bangers - which won't be spoiled here - in movie history.