Phil's Quick Capsule Review

Locked Down (2021) – A Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
To paraphrase Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park: “Your filmmakers were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should”.  Welcome to Locked Down, a romantic comedy heist film directed by Doug Liman and written by Steven Knight that seems to have never gotten out of its first draft and where the main direction seems to be “MORE! Give it MORE” for Every. Single. Line. Critically panned (The Guardian gave it just 1 star) and probably rightfully so  – it displays the worst of Hollywood excess and arrogance.  Movie 43 with COVID.  That said… I didn’t hate it.  The idea of a couple breaking up in Lock Down is current and real and the heist element adds an interesting level.  It also has a great cast.  But it’s just so earnest and on the nose for its near two hour run time,  you can’t help but think with more time taken and a tighter script this could have been a much more interesting film.

Best Bit: Edgar Allen Poe?

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (but probably Avoid)

If You Liked this Try: 28 Days Later, The Midnight Sky, The Hurricane Heist

5 out of 10 stars


Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...