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In the Dark Reviews

'Thelma' satirizes 'Mission: Impossible'

For as much as action thrillers such as "Mission: Impossible" aim to put audiences on the edges of their seats, I have rarely felt secondhand tension as uncomfortable as the opening sequence of "Thelma," in which an elderly widow falls prey to a phone scammer.

The scene has a pitch-perfect suspense-building lead-in, as we see 93-year-old Thelma (June Squibb) receiving gentle guidance on navigating the internet from her doting 24-year-old grandson Danny (Fred Hechinger), who's so good to his grandma that we briefly share her initial panic, when she gets a call claiming Danny has gotten into tro...


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