"Cinema is currently deciding how it meets the challenge of representing the way modern life and modern experience is increasingly happening online," explains Peter Bradshaw. "The recent supernatural horror-thriller Unfriended had the ingenious idea of playing out its entire drama on one computer screen in real time, a kind of found-footage 2.0, switching between Facebook, Skype and instant messaging, the various prompts all bleeping and pinging away disturbingly as a sinister presence looms up.
With Profile, Bradshaw says, "Russian director Timur Bekmambetov has applied this approach to a thriller that asks the eternal question: What happens when cops or reporters with unsatisfactory home lives go undercover among people who actually treat them rather well?" To read the full article, click here.
"The best and most harrowing addition to the quickly growing sub-genre of movies that take place entirely within the space of a computer screen, Timur Bekmambetov's Profile brings a new and much-needed dimension to its conceit by using it in the service of a semi-realistic story," write David Ehrlich.
"Profile isn’t only realistic, it’s based on a true story. More of a techno-thriller than anything else (though it does have a handful of truly shattering jump-scares), the film takes its cues from the account of a French journalist who made Facebook contact with an ISIS recruiter named Abu Bilel in order to investigate the secret underworld of jihadi war brides." To read the full article, click here.
The director reports the production was a complicated IT project: "We had to invent our own tools—there are no cameras, no lights, no traditional filmmakers elements," he tells Alex Ritman. For Profile he built sets, 'the desktop, the files, the applications,' insteadof screens. 'You have the same traditional storytelling rules, but with the filmmaking, there are no rules—it’s very exciting.'" To read the full article, click here.