An undercover British journalist (Valene Kane) infiltrates the online propaganda channels of the so-called Islamic State, only to be sucked in by her recruiter.

Chuck says:

Based on a true story, director Timur Bekmambetov does a masterful job of building the tension in this modern day thriller.  All we see is the computer screen of journalist Amy Whittaker throughout as she creates an alternate identity on-line in an effort to research how women are seduced into becoming brides to fighters of the ISIS movement.

Despite being attached to Amy’s computer screen, a great deal is conveyed and the film moves at a suprisingly brisk pace as she finds herself being seduced by the charismatic soldier Bilel (Shazad Latif).  While a scene or two more would have helped convince me of her conversion, the sense of urgency in Kane’s performance brings this across the finish line. 3 Stars

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