Anytime I see the name Steven Soderbergh attached to a film project, I pay attention. He’s one of the best and most original filmmakers of the last 25 years. Yesterday, HBO Max has released a trailer for Soderbergh’s upcoming “Kimi.”, a tech-thriller that debuts February 10. “Kimi,” is the name of the movie’s “Alexa” or “Siri” that is constantly listening and recording every moment of a person’s life. “Angela Childs” (Zoë Kravitz) is an agoraphobic voice stream interpreter, who believes she overhears a murder on a recording she analyzes. But apparently, no one believes her. And you just know that darn “Kimi” is not being helpful.
The whole time I was watching the trailer for “Kimi,” I kept thinking…wait, I’ve heard this before. And then it hit me. This creepiness is old school. As in the “Hal 9000” computer from Stanley Kubrick’s classic, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Hal was the original “smart speaker.” And we all know how that worked out for the astronauts in that film.