Locked Down

Putting their heads together before their turn on Supermarket Sweep
Verdict: 
Verdict: 7/10 - Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor give charming performances in Locked Down, which fails on the heist front but is a lot of fun in the romantic comedy domain
Release Date: 
Thursday, March 11, 2021
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Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor play an estranged couple who attempt to pull off a heist in Harrods department store.

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Director Doug Liman and writer Steven Knight decided to make a lockdown movie together in summer last year, the cameras started rolling in September, and now the finished film has arrived.

Locked Down, set during the first wave of the pandemic last year, stars Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Linda and Paxton, a longtime couple who have essentially broken up and plan to part ways for real once the lockdown is over.

Linda is also considering quitting her job as the CEO of Miracore UK after having to make most of her staff redundant with no notice, and Paxton is on furlough, depressed and feeling a sense of despair about his life, frustrated that he can’t get a better job than a delivery driver due to a conviction 10 years ago.

His boss Malcolm (Ben Kingsley) calls him up and asks him to make a few high-value deliveries from department stores over the course of a week – under a false identity due to his criminal history – while Linda has to clear out the stock from an in-store jewellery and accessories event that never took place at Harrods due to the lockdown.

The centrepiece of the event was The Harris Diamond, a £3 million jewel hidden in the vault at the luxury store, with its replica on display on the shop floor.

Realising their schedules align, Linda and Paxton concoct a plan to steal the diamond.

 

The plot of Locked Down is incredibly contrived, and the logistics of how the heist comes together are worthy of an eye roll.

It also isn't your usual heist movie - don't go expecting something like the Ocean's franchise - as the opportunity simply presents itself to Linda and Paxton and they have to debate whether they should take it.

Although it was cool to see inside Harrods during lockdown, the heist itself is rather anticlimactic as there's no high-stakes tension or thrill involved.

Locked Down is much more successful in the romantic comedy domain, although is more amusing and entertaining than laugh-out-loud funny.

It was enjoyable being able to relate to the mundane details of lockdown life, like remembering to wear a mask and queuing for the shop, as well as the Clap for Carers, and all the virtual call issues you can encounter while working from home.

Hathaway and Ejiofor were fun and charming as these characters and they had great chemistry as a couple stuck in a rut unable to figure a way out.

There are some enjoyable small appearances from famous faces too, like Ben Stiller as Linda’s boss Solomon, Mindy Kaling as her former Harrods colleague Kate, and Stephen Merchant and Lucy Boynton as in-person Harrods employees.

The heist element doesn’t quite work and it could have been funnier, but Locked Down is a light-hearted, amusing take on pandemic life that just might cheer you up.

Available to rent at home on premium video-on-demand platforms now.

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