“Locked Down” Movie Review

Have you ever wanted to see a movie with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Anne Hathaway robbing a bank during a pandemic lockdown that we’re still currently in? Well, it’s your lucky day. This HBO Max original movie came out of nowhere with a trailer right before the new year that caught my attention.

This movie is sold as a pandemic heist thriller, but it’s not that type of movie whatsoever. In reality, it’s a movie about a broken-up couple forced to live with each other due to COVID-19, but they hate their jobs and decide to rob Anne Hathaway’s character’s job. The film suffers from expectations over reality and sadly I don’t think this is a heist film; instead, it’s about rebuilding a broken relationship. The film does not harness in on their relationship, what we’re told in the film is stuff a third party like a neighbor would know. We never dig deep into their relationship.

The movie is nearly two hours long and goes nowhere with the characters. The heist might get 15 minutes of screen time? Our two leads try their best at giving us what looks to be like living with the one person you don’t want to be locked down with. I might add they change between zoom calls (the same way ‘unfriended’ is filmed) and that added a nice touch of immersion into how they interact with the world with just the internet now. Other than that, every other aspect, like direction and cinematography, is pretty forgettable. The biggest fault is not sticking to whether the movie wants to be more about them reforming their bond or how much they hate their lives and just want to rob a bank? I’ll leave that for you to decide.

Unfortunately, the heist is lackluster and I never believed for a second they were gonna get caught and I could not believe how easy it was to steal diamonds. This movie is quickly forgettable, but a nice afternoon watch with nothing else to do. I’m giving Locked Down a 6 out of 10.

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