A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive behavior has no place in this story, and negative behavior is (somewhat) rewarded in the end.
Positive Role Models
Main character is said to have escaped a troubled past that involved stealing and substance dependency and has since found faith. But she's now struggling to get by and finds she must fall back on her old tricks to survive. The movie's non-White characters are all criminals.
Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting. Characters are shot; blood spatters, puddle of blood, trail of blood. Character burnt. Character smacked with gun. Dead bodies. Character stabbed with knife, with blood spurt. Violence committed against a woman by a man includes punching, choking, and fatal stabbing. Long fall to sidewalk, with puddle of blood. A man grabs a teen girl and threatens to snap her neck. Character threatened with knife. Character stabbed with handful of darts. Character screams in fear. Claustrophobic character is terrified in a small space.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Landlord insinuates an "arrangement" that can be made to pay a woman and her teen daughter's rent. Man asks a teen girl whether she's a virgin.
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Strong language, with multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," "a--hole," "damn," "goddamn," "bitch," "son of a bitch," "bastard," "ass," "vagina," "dookie," "stupid," "shut up," and "oh my God." Middle-finger gesture.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking by teen and adult characters. Dialogue about how a character was once an "addict" and a "junkie." Jokey sign about tequila being "worth a shot."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Locked In is an action thriller about a mom (Mena Suvari) trying to protect her teen daughter from diamond thieves in a high-tech storage facility. Violence is the biggest issue, with lots of guns/shooting, knives/stabbing, deaths, and blood spatters (and trails and pools). Women are in peril and get hit, choked, threatened, and killed. A man insinuates that women can pay their rent via sexual favors, and a man asks a teen girl whether she's a virgin. Frequent language includes several uses of "f--k," "s--t," and many other words. A teen smokes cigarettes, as does an adult. Spoken dialogue includes mention of how a character was once an "addict" and a "junkie." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It makes good use of its enclosed location, but this tough action/thriller never quite manages to get moving, largely thanks to too many thin characters and all-too-familiar story elements. The feature writing and directing debut of Carlos V. Gutierrez, Locked In's use of the storage facility setting is inspired, with its endless hallways, mysterious steel doors, and surveillance cameras. That said, the movie ends up using these things more to keep viewers off-balance than as a particularly clever use of space. Even with the movie coming in at a tight 90 minutes, it still feels sluggish.
Perhaps that's because the characters are hard to care about. Maggie comes with tons of backstory -- she's a former thief and addict who was "rescued" by a loving husband and then found religion -- and yet she still feels either "on" or "off." She's either pessimistic and weary or clever and deceptive. Not to mention that her claustrophobia, set up in the movie's opening, is never really used for anything. The villains all come across as flat and quite typical; a "twist" involving one of them is terribly obvious and far from a surprise. Polish (the daughter of filmmaker Michael Polish) is the only one who feels alive; she's a precocious teen who's not in the least intimidated. It's too bad the rest of Locked In couldn't have tapped into that energy.
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