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.
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