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An undercover journalist investigates ISIS recruitment in this wickedly effective suspense story that unfolds entirely on a computer screen.

Dir Timur Bekmambetov
Prod Olga Kharina, Timur Bekmambetov
Scr Brittany Poulton, Timur Bekmambetov, Olga Kharina
With Valene Kane, Shazad Latif, Morgan Watkins
USA-UK-Cyprus-Russia
2018
105min
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In desperate need of a pay check, broke London-based journalist Amy pitches her editor a piece guaranteed to cause a stir. Planning an exposé on the recruitment of young European women by ISIS, Amy proposes she pose online as a recent convert to Islam. Her editor gives the go-ahead, and no sooner has Amy created her fake online persona, Melody Nelson, than she is contacted by Syrian recruiter Bilal. But as the two converse, the fine line between fantasy and reality begins to blur. Based on Anna Erelle’s non-fiction book In the Skin of a Jihadist, Timur Bekmambetov’s topical desktop thriller unfolds at breakneck speed, throwing up questions about radicalisation and the ethics of journalism, to be pondered once you’ve caught your breath.

Michael Blyth

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