A Deceptive Sci-Fi Mystery Thriller Hits the Road in Streaming

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If all your knowledge of the lo-fi mystery thriller Meet came entirely from the trailers and marketing materials, so you may have felt somewhat aggrieved by the time the credits roll.

Not to dive too far down the marked “massive spoilers” rabbit hole, but there were some muted reactions on social media to the misleading nature of the promotional campaign, even though the final product offered another reminder that Rice Ahmed is one of his best acting talents of the generation.

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The Oscar winner plays a Marine Corps veteran suffering from severe bouts of PTSD, who madly rushes to his children in order to protect them from the intergalactic threat that descends on our planet from the stars. Originally portrayed as a man taking matters into his own hands to keep his family from sniffing out top secret information he shouldn’t be sharing, Meet ends up being something else.

As authorities begin to close in, Ahmed’s Malik Khan has no choice but to force his two boys to abandon their childhoods as they jaunt across the country to safety, a getaway which raises many perils which are very present on this earth. . After a low-key, limited theatrical release and streaming rollout in December last year, co-writer and director Michael Pearce’s master of genres has once again made on-demand moves.

According to FlixPatrol, Meet returned to Prime Video’s Top 10 in several countries, but all we’ll say is don’t expect a fast-paced, frantic play revolving around a battle against alien intruders.

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