Topic is the criminally good streaming service from Kino Lorber and First Look Entertainment for thrillers, mysteries, dramas and documentaries from around the world, serving viewers who crave entertainment beyond the mainstream. Whether it’s a Nordic-noir crime thriller (The Killing), an Italian supernatural drama (Christian), or a haunting true crime docu-series from the UK (The Missing Children), Topic expands your view of the world.
Elias, a working class family man is deeply haunted by the economic strife his family endured in the 90s. To settle a decades-long vendetta, he holds 4 journalists hostage to expose bank and government corruption while concealing an ulterior motive.
Post Covid-19 pandemic, economic strife hits home for Elias who’s still haunted by government corruption that stripped his family of everything they owned in the 90s. Elias holds 4 journalists hostage demanding they expose the truth.
Elias releases one of the journalist hostages so that she can search for evidence proving that Elias’ bank committed a crime in the 90s. Meanwhile, hostage negotiator, Jarmo, prepares for what appears to be a lengthy hostage situation.
The journalists don’t have enough information to publish Elias’ story. Elias makes a public appeal requesting related personal stories be sent into the newspaper office. Jarmo continues to negotiate with Elias on behalf of the hostages.
The motive for the hostage situation spreads in the media. Meanwhile, Elias’ accomplice, Lauri, makes a break in the case by hacking his way into a wealth of evidence. The hostages begin to sympathize with Elias.
A crucial piece of missing evidence is discovered, meanwhile Elias and Lauri run into more trouble. A sympathizer who also lost everything in the 90s arrives outside the news building in a lorry, interfering with police activity.
Elias and Lauri are running out of options. Jarmo changes negotiation tactics as police cut the news building off to the outside world. As pressure increases, one of the journalists makes an important discovery.
Suspicions surrounding Elias’ motives arise. Meanwhile, Elias is running out of time and pleads with Jarmo to have power restored to the news building, if only for a moment. The truth must be exposed, and the hostage situation must soon end.