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Locked Down

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Pandemic-inspired comedy has swearing, drinking, drugs.

Movie R 2021 118 minutes
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By focusing closely on the impact that COVID-19 has had on the public, there's no denying this feels like a relevant piece of cinema. Locked Down taps into the emotional complexities society has been forced to face during the global pandemic. While capturing a moment in time, the movie's very unique selling point is also it's biggest flaw. Do audiences really want to see their own lives being played back to them right now? Films represent the chance of escapism, a place where we don't have to contend with lockdown and the pandemic. So while this movie may be appreciated in time, it's probably the last thing you want to watch while our daily lives are feeling so disrupted by the very thing the movie depicts. It feels a little too close to home, and a little too soon.

Director Doug Liman, alongside esteemed screenwriter Steven Knight, should be commended for their resourceful means of storytelling however, utilizing media like Zoom to help tell their story, even if that, by default, has a negative effect on the production value and aesthetic. The narrative is also flawed and has many plot-holes to it. The cameos are fun however, as joining both Ejiofor and Hathaway in the lead roles, comes brief appearances from the likes of Ben Kingsley, Ben Stiller, and Mindy Kaling.

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