It is no longer unusual for influencers to sometimes cross moral boundaries in order to increase their followers and reach (keyword: competitions). In “Not Okay,” Danni Sanders (Zoey Deutch) goes more than a step too far to be famous: She fakes a trip to Paris, which she via Instagram documents and poses as the survivor of a series of terrorist attacks that are simultaneously terrifying the city.
The bitter media satire by Quinn Shephard (“Blame”) lands directly in the Disney + subscription on August 12th. The German trailer, which has now been released, begins with a warning that “Not Okay” features an unsympathetic female lead. Of course, that’s meant ironically at first, but the message behind the film couldn’t be more up-to-date.
The story of Danni Sanders has – especially in this day and age – pretty universal potential. As an aimless young woman, she not only has to get by without friends or a partner, but also without followers! After posing as the survivor of a terrible tragedy, she is hailed as a heroine and even nabs the man of her dreams, Colin (Dylan O’Brien).
Of course, while Danni Sanders is now enjoying the life she’s always dreamed of, it’s only a matter of time before the facade begins to crack. Judging by the trailer, “Not Okay” describes how cruel social media can be – and how much the internet loves to see people go under – in a way that is both playful and caustic.
This makes “Not Okay” not only one of the most interesting films of this year, but perhaps also one of the most important, because it not only illustrates the mechanisms of the attention economy of Instagram and Co., but also exposes them. In addition, of course, there is also the still topical issue of terrorist attacks, which is particularly bitter in this case because the leading actress exploits the suffering of others for her own benefit.
Zoey Deutch is known, for example, from the comedies “Dirty Grandpa”, “Why Him?” or “Zombieland: Double is better than one”, in which the 27-year-old actress was able to demonstrate her humorous quick-wittedness. Dylan O’Brien gets to show his bad-boy side to Colin bleached, tattooed and smoking. The cast is completed by Mia Isaac, Embeth Davidtz and Nadia Alexander.