IMDb Rating: 6.4/10
TV-MA |8min |Short|Thriller |TV Series
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92% Fresh (Critic Reviews)
Writers: Veena Sud
Stars: Maika Monroe, Dane DeHaan, Avan Jogia
IMDb summary: An unassuming young rideshare driver is thrown into her worst nightmare when a mysterious Hollywood Hills passenger enters her car.
This is our very first Quibi Review!
While watching a movie streaming from a phone may not be an enormous deal, for us it was a new movie-watching experience. I prefer to watch my movies on a cinema screen or an HDTV screen if possible. I’ve never really been a fan of smaller screens for watching movies and I wasn’t sure how this would affect my overall viewing experience of this film.
The only major difference is that Quibi offers their TV shows in episodic “quick bites” (hence the name Quibi) which are around eight to 10 minutes long. So that means you have to pause in-between episodes to start the next one up, and at the time of writing, you cannot queue the episodes to play automatically. Yup, it’s a bummer, I know. But its early days yet.
That said, you eventually get into a flow after about half-way through and it’s a minor inconvenience having to stop and start again. The film itself, however, was excellent.
Veena Sud, who was the writer for 2011’s astounding thriller TV series “The Killing” also wrote this. If you don’t know what The Killing is, trust me, look it up as soon as you finish reading this review!
So Maika Monroe (It Follows) plays the “unassuming ride-share driver” who is brand new to LA. Which you kind of have to stop and question since one would assume, she doesn’t know her way around the city yet she got a job as a ride-share driver. We’ll overlook that one for now. I really thought Maika Monroe made a damn good final girl in It Follows and I’m quite surprised there wasn’t an “It Follows” Part II. So we know she can pull off the “unassuming” part well with her characters.
Pairing her with Dane DeHaan was pure genius as they work really well together in this film. DeHaan has had some modicum of success with his previous films, particularly with Kill Your Darlings. I’ve never seen DeHaan play a full-on psychopath before, but he pulls it off without a hitch. “Menacing” is the word I would use to describe his presence in this film.
So with our main players introduced, other than a small minor part from Avan Jogia, the film is very much a thrilling cat-and-mouse chase between Monroe’s Clare and DeHaan’s “Carl E.” DeHaan’s villain is a messed-up dude but becomes even more of a threat when Clare realises just how he is manipulating every situation using technology as his weapon. Which is where Avan Jogia’s “JJ” tags in as Clare’s back-up.
Clare and JJ are out of Carl E.’s league. Everywhere they go, he finds them and his relentless pursuit of Clare wears thin on both of them. And that’s all I’ll say about the film’s plot. It’s intense, edge-of-your seat stuff and entertaining. Especially for a TV show that’s separated into eight minute segments.
I’d have to say that Quibi’s format for this TV show worked well, but I’m not so sure the experience would be the same as watching a film that wasn’t as enjoyable.
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