A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Courage and perseverance in doing the right thing and seeking justice. Overcoming your fears. Greed and money are motivations for some. Others use violence to cover up people's crimes, including sexual assault.
Positive Role Models
Angela is good at her job but is willing to go up against her employers when she uncovers a serious crime. She is living with various mental health issues -- including agoraphobia -- following an assault and miscarriage of justice, which have been amplified by the pandemic. She has a sexual relationship with her neighbor, Terry, who -- despite Angela often pushing him away -- tries to help her overcome some of her issues. An executive at a tech company tries to cover up his involvement in a serious crime by paying a gang to murder and destroy evidence.
Strong diversity among the cast with the central role being played by a woman of color. Interracial marriages and people of color are shown in prestigious jobs. Angela is living with agoraphobia and other mental health issues. Although integral to the plot -- in one scene she is shown having a panic attack -- these issues are, at times, ignored for the sake of the action.
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Violence & Scariness
An audio recording of a violent sexual assault is heard. A blurred re-enactment of someone being punched in the face, having their throat slit, and then wrapped up so their body can be disposed of. Character is chased, kidnapped, drugged, punched, and shot at. Characters are stabbed, shot with nail guns, and hit with furniture. Some fatalities. Reference to a dead parent and a previous assault that has left the victim dealing with various mental health issues.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One sex scene involving much moaning and groaning. Afterwards a character's breasts are seen when they get out of the bed. After taking a shower, a character is seen in just a towel. A character refers to someone as "hotness." A couple kiss on the lips.
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Language used includes variants of "f--k," as well as "s--t," "d--k," "bitch," "a--hole," "hooker," and "goddammit." "Jesus" and "God" used as exclamations.
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Products & Purchases
A fictional tech company is said to be worth millions and there is mention of share prices. There product "Kimi" is a voice-controlled smart speaker that resembles the kind of kit available in the real world. Reference to a character becoming very rich. A number of brands including Alexa, Audio-Technica, Instagram, Facebook, and Apple are either clearly visible or mentioned out loud.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Character is on prescription drugs. They ask a dentist to send them some opiates, which the dentist refuses. During a video call, a character is seen downing spirits and admits to being drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kimi is a mystery thriller -- directed by Steven Soderbergh -- set in a contemporary tech world with themes around sexual assault and mental illness. When Angela Childs (Zoe Kravitz) uncovers a serious crime while working for a mega tech firm, she is determined to bring the culprits to justice, even though it puts her own life in danger. Audio recordings of a sexual assault are heard repeatedly and blurred footage shows a woman being punched and having her throat slit. There are further instances of violence involving kidnapping, a character being drugged, stabbings, and people being shot dead with nail guns -- including from close range. Angela is living with agoraphobia and other unspecified mental illnesses, which have been heightened by the COVID pandemic. She does strike up a sexual relationship with her neighbor, Terry (Byron Bowers), who tries to help her overcome her issues. The two of them are shown having sex and Angela is seen topless as she gets out of bed. Variants of "f--k" are routinely used, along with "s--t," "a--hole," "d--k," and "bitch." The tech company that Angela works for produces a product similar to the voice-controlled smart speakers available in the real world. Other real-life brands are referenced or visible throughout the film. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This crime thriller set in the Seattle tech world has all the stylistic hallmarks you'd expect from acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh. Kimi looks great with cool warehouse apartments, a contemporary plot line about the technology we bring into our own homes, and a murder mystery. And yet the film fails to gel, feeling every much a sum of two parts. The first half builds on an interesting premise. Kravitz's Angela, a voice stream interpreter -- think the person who ensures Alexa understand's your every command -- suffers with agoraphobia, with her anxieties being heightened by COVID. While doing all she can to avoid leaving her apartment, she uncovers what she believes to be a sexual assault.
Comparisons to Rear Window are clear to see and Angela is both interesting and unusual enough to maintain our attention. However, when it kicks into its second half and becomes a game of cat and mouse -- a bunch of heavies are sent to retrieve key evidence from Angela -- the film's poor script and substandard supporting actors fail to keep up. As for Angela, the characteristics that initially made her an interesting character become sidelined. By the final shot, her mental health issues, which were such an integral part of her character, have seemingly disappeared completely without any real explanation. Throw in a character who by all accounts is a stalker then becoming the hero and any of the film's initial slickness ends up in one icky mess. Kimi looks and sounds like a big budget release -- great cinematography, awesome soundtrack -- but feels very much like a straight to TV movie.
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