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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Do what has to be done to ensure an outbreak doesn't occur.
Positive Role Models
Dr. Njoku is calm in the face of dire circumstances. She also respectfully and calmly deals with many angry people upset about being trapped in a hospital.
The film is set in Nigeria. All actors are Nigerian. Main characters are both women and men.
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Violence & Scariness
Some light violence and blood. In a riot scene, a mob clashes with police. Some Molotov cocktails are thrown, and one man is shown on fire in the chaos. One gunshot scene shows a sniper shooting a man through the chest. A few fistfights, lots of arguing, and some cuts on people's arms. A slightly bloodied girl is shown lying in the street having been presumably hit by a car. A dead body is shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual scenarios, but no sex or nudity. A couple wake up in underwear in the morning after an affair. The man hastily dresses. Men are shirtless in a hospital.
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Some strong language includes: "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "c--k," and "bloody."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A man is tranquilized after struggling to calm down.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lockdown (2022) is a Nigerian drama about a fictional airborne disease that threatens to infect all of Nigeria and further. While fictional, the story is inspired by the COVID pandemic and Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh, who greatly helped prevent the spread of the Ebola virus in Nigeria in 2015 by identifying patient zero, Patrick Sawyer. Expect some violence and blood, fighting. A man gets shot through his chest by a sniper. A mob clashes with police, and a man catches on fire. There are a few cuts and fights, and lots of yelling and arguing. A little girl is shown in the street after being hit by a car. No sex or nudity but an affair is implied, and a man gets hastily dressed in the morning. Some strong language throughout includes: "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "c--k," and "bloody." A man is tranquilized after struggling to calm down. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Most of the drama in Lockdown (2022) involves people not really understanding why things are happening, even if they are explained directly to them. The primary conflict involves a group of people forced to stay in a hospital that has become ground zero for a dangerous virus. Each person has an incredibly dramatic need to not be in the hospital (one is missing his wedding, another is missing showing up to collect millions in a lottery winning, one is missing delivering medicine to his dying wife, and another's partner is going into labor). No one seems to be there who might only be missing their daily job or a hangout with a friend.
Scenes move from one argument to another, until things escalate so much that one patient gets shot trying to escape the hospital. The problem throughout all this is that even after Dr. Njoku informs everyone of why they need to stay quarantined, in order to keep the general population safe from the dangerous (and fictitious) "holovirus" that could kill millions, no one seems to understand or accept this. And this isn't a political commentary. It just isn't ever explained. Not one character ever stops and says, "Oh, I get it. I have to stay in here to ensure that an incredibly dangerous virus doesn't get out into the rest of Nigeria and the world. Therefore, I'll be civil, chill, and do this ethical duty and stop trying to explain and argue why I personally need to leave the hospital." Instead, every character "trapped" in the hospital and their friends and family outside the hospital continue to fight and yell and scheme about how to get people out of the hospital all the way to the end. So it's hard to care about or have any sympathy (or joy for when they can leave the hospital) for any character except for Dr. Njoku.
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