By: Evan Todd-McCoy
Greta could fit in a range of thriller subcategories. It includes elements of stranger danger, stalking, kidnapping, but at heart it’s a “big city peril” movie. Those don’t get made too often any more as technology (apps, social media, etc.) renders even the biggest cities inherently fungible. What it doesn’t include is a flashy sense of style or the more fantastical elements that command quicker attention and box office potential. This feels like a modest and unambitious film, its most ambitious idea might be that we should still think big cities are scary and alienating, but this might merely be out of touch. Either way, this is a solid thriller that explores a deeply unpleasant situation with class and restraint. This is kind of a polite film. That might seem strange to say, but it’s a word that totally fits.