First Glance: “Profile”


After watching the new trailer for “Profile” you might be tempted to think of it as a crafty little indie made during the pandemic.  It takes place entirely over computer screens, it has a relatively small cast, and so on. Actually this taut looking thriller from director Timur Bekmambetov premiered way back at the 2018 Berlin & SXSW Film Festivals. Now it’s finally getting its US release courtesy of Focus Features.

The film stars Valene Kane as a British investigative journalist who goes undercover to expose extremists who recruit young women over social media. She creates a fake internet profile in hopes of baiting a terrorist recruiter. She gets a bite from a charismatic jihadist (Shazad Latif) who soon begin luring her into his trap. The movie advertises itself as “a new genre of thriller” and looks to tap into some of the same intensity as 2018’s “Searching” which starred John Cho and was produced by Bekmambetov.

“Profile” opens in theaters May 14th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

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