‘Locked Down’ Review: Anne Hathaway And Chiwetel Ejiofor Are The Perfect Quarantined Pair In Doug Liman’s Nifty Pandemic Heist Flick

If you’ll make a film from scratch throughout a pandemic lockdown, you may as nicely have slightly enjoyable with it. That is strictly what director Doug Liman and screenwriter Steven Knight are doing with the irresistible stew they’ve concocted for Locked Down. Fortunately they’ve expert stars of the caliber of Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor to assist pull all of it off. And the premise, the proper Ocean’s 11-model heist try as the remainder of the world is caught up in a Covid quarantine, is very intelligent.

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That they made this in 18 days — shot it in September, obtained it by way of publish in October — and delivered it to Warner Bros and HBO Max for streaming beginning Thursday is fairly rattling spectacular contemplating this wasn’t even an concept earlier than summer time. It isn’t any gimmick film both as a result of it takes the present state of affairs we’re all in, makes it immediately recognizable and sharply noticed, provides in a well-liked film style to provide it some actual payoff in its second act, and delivers witty and keenly humorous dialogue for a proficient cast that additionally contains brief-ish appearances (largely in Zoom settings) from the likes of Ben Kingsley, Ben Stiller, Mindy Kaling, Dulé Hill, Lucy Boynton and a deliciously nervous flip from Stephen Merchant as a Harrods worker.

The first half, after a gap cameo from what the credit describe as a Hedgehog performed by Sonic, is generally dedicated to the souring relationship of a pair dwelling collectively in London. Linda (Hathaway) is a considerably pissed off however tough-as-nails CEO of the UK department of a slippery worldwide conglomerate. She is breaking off her relationship after 10 years with Patton (Ejiofor), whose previous is shady and now balances his love for spouting poetry in the course of their neighborhood together with his day job as a van supply driver. The lockdown resulting from coronavirus has taken its toll, however this couple has clearly misplaced their mojo and have little to say to one another apart from bickering anyway.

Linda desires to start out over, however publicity to somebody who examined optimistic has prolonged their quarantine interval, a lot to her full misery as we see her drearily conducting enterprise conferences by way of Zoom, or different conversations, whereas Patton can not seem to catch a break and is compelled to promote his prized motorbike. The backwards and forwards between them is wickedly humorous and fairly actual, delivered in all-pro model by these two actors, with Ejifor exhibiting actual comedian chops and timing heretofore underexposed in motion pictures.

Their “skilled” worlds deliver them again collectively, although, in a singular means, converging when Linda’s job requires her to get the $3 million Harris Diamond transported from the well-known Harrods division retailer to some unnamed corrupt dictator throughout the globe. Meanwhile, Patton is given a job by his cagey boss (Kingsley) to do a pickup at the exact same Harrods. Kismet! After a lot backwards and forwards, Linda and Patton craft the proper crime and resolve to steal the jewel, made simpler since Linda (who previously labored at Harrods for 5 years) is aware of the structure nicely and in addition {that a} pretend model of it’s truly on show within the retailer. All they need to do is provide you with a sensible technique to get officers to allow them to have the true one after which swipe it for the pretend, which they are going to raise in plain sight.

I will not say extra, however most of it makes plenty of sense that they may truly attempt this type of heist and hold it credible. One working gag is over the false id Patton’s boss makes him assume, which you may suppose may finally torpedo these plans. ID’d now as famed horror author Edgar Allan Poe (however misspelled on his tag as “Allen”), Patton’s insecurity at being discovered by utilizing such an iconic title turns into the butt of plenty of humor and suspense, proving a superb McGuffin within the plot. I laughed out loud. What they’ve crafted is pure leisure to spend time with in our personal lockdowns, and so they pull this off in model.

Production values are robust contemplating the circumstances, and the very fact they obtained Harrods to interrupt custom and let a film crew run rampant by way of the long-lasting landmark may be very cool, giving the considerably claustrophobia first act a pleasant counterpoint with the placement change within the movie’s second half. Knight’s script comes up with each conceivable joke on dwelling by way of a pandemic, and surprisingly lots of them land. Producers are Michael Lesslie, P.J. van Sandwijk and Alison Winter.

Check out my video overview above with scenes from the film. Do you intend to see Locked Down? Let us know what you suppose.

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