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