Ten years ago a movie such as Profile would have been a hard sell. Computer “screenlife” stories are now a thing thanks to movies such as Searching that proved that you can get immersed in a story told from a laptop screen. Unfriended tested the waters in a horror version of this growing genre of filmmaking.
Profile is based on a true story, which alone is mind-blowing, once you learn the plot of the film. A British journalist develops an online relationship with a terrorist recruiter all while trying to avoid being lured into it herself.
On the surface it might be tough to sell someone on a story of this kind being played out on a computer screen, but director Timur Bekmambetov pulls it off smoothly and makes it feel the action is plenty dangerous. This film is tension packed and intense, even if the characters are thousands of miles apart and connecting with each other via computers. It had me hooked. This is a good one.