Director: Doug Liman
Writer: Steven Knight
Staring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anne Hathaway
Streaming: HBO MAX
Release Date: January 14, 2021

If this movie was a sports analogy: the idea of this movie is like a younger player in little league going up against an older kid in the same division. You are rooting for the batter, hoping for contact and hoping for anything at all.

Locked Down stars two strong leads in Chiwetel Ejiofor and Anne Hathaway. That’s three Academy Award nominations between them. And surprisingly, the best parts of this movie are when they are in a room together talking with one another. When Locked Down stretches into a heist movie and moves outside the house…that’s when it takes a bit of a downturn.

With all that being said, I enjoyed Locked Down more than I ever thought I would have. It is a perfect background noise movie that draws just enough attention but also doesn’t demand a ton. It is perfect for a short-loving attention span.

  • Was the first 2021 movie I saw this year! Wahoo a new year of movies!
  • This was the second straight Anne Hathaway movie I watched following Roald Dahl’s The Witches (2020).
  • I do love how on the IMDB credits, they gave a credit to the hedgehog and named the “actor” as sonic.
  • When David (Dulé Hill) and Maria (Jazmyn Simon) appear on the zoom or facetime, it is almost strong. The little romance and awkward tension between Maria and Linda (Anne Hathaway) is funny, and when she tells Paxton (Chiwetel Ejiofor)
  • Objectively, Locked Down is not super. But it is entertaining. It is a good glass of wine while playing board game movie.

Stanko Rating: B- (3.0/5 Stars)


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