Climbing through ceilings and using nail guns as weapons: just another day at the job.
In the same sort of way that Steven Soderbergh’s 2020 film, Let Them All Talk, focused intently on the people, his newest movie, Kimi, is about the person—and the brain behind that person.
Zoë Kravitz plays the blunt-cut and blue-haired Angela Childs, an agoraphobic voice stream interpreter for a major tech company, The Amygdala Corporation. Fairly low on the totem pole, Childs is a working-from-home listener for one of their products, Kimi, a pod-like listening device very similar to Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri. As the device isn’t always correct on its suggestions, workers like Childs are assigned real, anonymous prompts to write out codes in order to fix those mistakes.
Most of the prompts assigned to her are pretty boring—just usual, everyday mess-ups like playing the wrong Taylor Swift song and adding the wrong item to a list. Though on one particular occasion, things drastically (and quickly) change the tone of her workday. A woman’s screams muffled by techno music catch her attention on a data stream, leading her to replay the audio over and over again, each time messing with the clip a bit more to isolate the actual voices behind the music.