Locked Down (2021)


“Being locked up is making it worse.” – Paxton

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Jan 2021)

Brief Synopsis – During the beginning of the lock-down, a struggling couple plan a high risk jewelry heist.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about a few months ago and it sounded quite interesting to present a premise like this in the new “norm” of the world we now live in.

The cast is great and that also makes things potentially more enjoyable.

Unfortunately, the plot is handled quite poorly and despite a high caliber cast like Chiwetel Ejiofor and Anne Hathaway, things just don’t work well enough.

The characters that they play just don’t work well together despite the fact tat they are meant to be a couple who’s relationship is “on the rocks”.

The plot doesn’t seem to flow very well and there are too many parts of the story that feel very ‘cut and paste’ and don’t meld very well together.

There are far too many aspects of the plot that seem tacked on and don;t really add much to the dynamics of the characters or the story.

They seem to try far too hard here to compound so many issues into the plot that many of us have been dealing with over the past year of this epidemic.

Unfortunately,  it is done in a very bombastic way, and they don’t seem to have enough time to properly deal with everything, which leaves certain aspects of the story feeling a bit too rushed and incomplete.

This is quite a shame because of the potential that they had here.

Bottom Line – Somewhat disappointing film despite such a high caliber cast. Ejiofor and Hathaway are both great actors, but they don’t have great chemistry together in this film even though they are meant to be a couple with a very rocky relationship. The story itself seems a bit too ‘cut and paste’ and that hurts things because things don’t flow smoothly enough in the way everything is depicted. They try too hard to compound numerous issues that we all have been dealing with over the last year and it feels a bit too overwhelming which hurts things too much.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Extras could not be cast due to COVID-19 and are played by real civilians and Harrods employees. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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