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Locked Down

An affluent couple blueprint an heroic diamond heist in the Covid movie fully no one wanted.

Hollywood, tread reasonably. One in all the first epic operate motion photographs to be shot throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and embody the lethal virus in its blueprint, Locked Down, penned by Steven Knight and directed by Doug Liman, is an miserable dud and a stark warning to the film industry to ought to unexcited strongly protect in thoughts what studies it wants to reveal regarding the unconventional coronavirus.

Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor play an unhappily married couple who can barely seek the advice of with every totally different however are compelled to thanks to the cases we all accumulate ourselves in. There are amusing shrimp wrinkles that make their methodology into the yarn, like Ejiofor’s Paxton forgetting a face conceal earlier than going out (been there), telling of us in the streets to “bugger off!” when they get too end, and the mass appreciation pouring in from the neighbourhood to celebrate key workers. However the film loses its edge as soon as it begins to pry for sympathy.

Hathaway’s Linda badly wants to get away the pressures of her corporate job. It’s a operate the actor excels in due to the her trademark instant-speaking anxiousness. Paxton, in the intervening time, is drained of being looked down on as an ex-con and wants out of his in vogue truck driver gig, the attach his God-bothering boss, played by Ben Kingsley, barks sermons at him each day.

The couple consistently bicker and spar over their respective work cases, in particular when Paxton finds out that Linda never informed her bosses she used to be married. Tensions attain boiling point when Linda expresses a desire to attain help to her thrill-wanting for methods, help when Paxton used to be a biker – one other of the many blueprint traits that performs terribly because of she’s throwing the burden of her social malaise on her Black husband. So, she suggests they try and pull off a fearless diamond heist as a symbolic methodology of saving their relationship.

A epic about suburban ennui, relationship repair and cabin fever by methodology of quarantine may salvage had comedic and dramatic likely had it no longer been for the unimaginative social biases at its core. Looking at an affluent white businesswoman kind out the ‘hardships’ of furloughing her workers and hiking the corporate ladder is a tone-deaf reading of what precise of us are going by.

Why no longer survey the lives of the of us on the reasonably heaps of aspect of that call, these who lost their jobs and who may perchance in actual fact salvage the relieve of a $3m diamond falling into their possession? As an alternate, these of us are former as a fee-nice comedic ploy by methodology of Ben Stiller (taking half in Linda’s boss) congratulating Linda for her mass firing by ability of a Zoom call. There’s even a pathetic try and thank first responders after all credit, as if the film has the relaxation to attain with them.

If the reasonably heaps of quarantine motion photographs due to the attain out are the relaxation like this (cf Malcolm & Marie) then Hollywood will be exhibiting complete contempt for the of us that glance these motion photographs. Such motion photographs wants to be maligned correct as unparalleled as that bad ‘Imagine’ conceal video which surfaced on Instagram a pair of weeks into the first lockdown. The of us that exhaust what cash they attain salvage on the array of subscription services and products on offer attain no longer ought to be insulted like this.

Published 13 Jan 2021

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Anne Hathaway
Chiwetel Ejiofor
COVID-19
Doug Liman
Locked Down
Steven Knight

Anticipation.

A heist movie starring Anne Hathaway – salvage we no longer realized from our errors?

Enjoyment.

About a laughs however this felt totally erroneous.

In Retrospect.

Making a heist film about the successfully-off throughout a scourge is fully ludicrous.

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