Movie Review: Profile

May 29, 2021

Details from IMDB:

Profile (2018)

| | MysteryThriller | 14 May 2021 (USA)
 
7.0/10
72
 
An undercover British journalist infiltrates the online propaganda channels of the so-called Islamic State, only to be sucked in by her recruiter.

Director:

 Timur Bekmambetov

Writers:

 Britt Poulton (as Brittany Poulton), Olga Kharina | 2 more credits »

Initial Thoughts:

Another movie we saw in theaters! (And going to another today) While I miss the shared experience of seeing a movie with a lot of people (and really this only matters for big events movies like a Star Wars or Marvel film), I will admit to also getting some enjoyment of going to a theater that is 9/10 times quiet and knowing that no one can sit next to me with physical distancing rules. Anyway, this movie looked good and it does have Clem Fandango in it (that's a "Toast of London" joke) so we went.

Main Points:

Even though this movie was made back in 2018, its timing couldn't be better. The film takes place entirely on Amy's computer screen (she is the British journalist and the main character) and was a preview of what life would become for millions of people all over the world. 

Much more importantly, however, is the subject nature of terrorism recruitment through the internet. Once she makes the connection with a terrorist in Iran (played by Shazad Latif, who anyone that watched "Toast of London" or "Star Trek: Discovery" knows well), the movie gets intense and quite disturbing.

Keep in mind that this is all based on real events and you see quickly how easy it is to get in contact with a terrorist who wants to not only destroy the western way of life (and kill many people in the progress) but also wants to destroy young women's lives in the most horrible and disgusting way possible. 

The fact that an intelligent, worldly woman (the British journalist) is almost convinced to go to Iran and starts to blur her real life with her job, highlights that fact of how many women (and men I'm sure with different tactics) are brought over to Iran only to instantly regret it and then realize there is almost no way out.

The film is also a really interesting look at human nature and manipulation. While Amy is manipulating Abu, she is an amateur compared to the number he does on her head. The internet is such an easy place to become someone else, someone other than our real selves, and is so fraught with predators that it is truly a dangerous place for anyone who feels lonely or out of place and is looking to change their life. 

Final Thoughts:

Once more please don't let your children see this, there are some really disturbing images onscreen for brief moments, some violence and of course, the ideas (and particularly what happens at the end) are quite chilling and disturbing. Excellent acting all around, and I liked how we only see Amy's screen, it keeps the movie focused. Also worth noting is how the film deals with racism and prejudice both from a western and non-western viewpoint. I enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would and give it a solid 8 out of 10. I would recommend this to anyone ages 18+ who does not mind some serious/disturbing material, the movie will make you think.