Zoë Kravitz in First Full Trailer for Steven Soderbergh's 'Kimi' Thriller
by Alex Billington
January 11, 2022
"I may have heard a crime on one of the streams." HBO has unveiled the first official trailer for Kimi, Soderbergh's new Hitchcockian tech thriller that he filmed during the pandemic last year (which you can definitely notice). Kimi is also launching direct to HBO Max this February, like everything else Soderbergh has made in the last few years. From a script written by Oscar-winner David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Carlito's Way). An agoraphobic Seattle tech worker uncovers evidence of a crime. "KIMI" is a digital assistant that hears and records everything. When an interpreter hears a murder on a recording, she tries to tell the police, but her employer won't let her. Zoë Kravitz stars, along with Jaime Camil, Erika Christensen, Derek DelGaudio, Robin Givens, Charles Halford, Devin Retray, Jacob Vargas, and Rita Wilson. Why is Soderbergh playing with a boring tech fear concept like this? It's very similar to Unsane but with an added tech storyline, ripped off from so many other movies (Minority Report or Anon). Does it look good or not?
Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Steven Soderbergh's Kimi, direct from YouTube:
The title refers to an Alexa/Siri-like voice-activated digital assistant called KIMI. It hears everything you say all the time, recording everything for a Big Brother-like corporation. Kravitz plays Angela Childs, a voice stream interpreter who overhears a murder on a recording she's analyzing. Angela is shaken after reaching out to colleagues. Why are her employers resistant to her trying to bring this to the authorities' attention? Kimi is directed by American (indie) filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, of films including Sex Lies and Videotape, Out of Sight, Traffic, Ocean's 11, 12 & 13, Solaris, The Good German, Che, The Girlfriend Experience, The Informant, Contagion, Haywire, Magic Mike, Side Effects, Behind the Candelabra, Logan Lucky, Unsane, High Flying Bird, The Laundromat, and Let Them All Talk previously. The screenplay is written by David Koepp (Toy Soldiers, Jurassic Park, Carlito's Way, War of the Worlds, Angels & Demons, The Mummy). HBO will debut Soderbergh's Kimi streaming on HBO Max starting February 10th, 2022.
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