When Britain is at risk of a dangerous bacterial attack, who do you trust?
When we think of Noomi Rapace, we think tough female who has no problem confronting a bad guy.
Since breaking out into mainstream cinema as Lisbeth Salander in the 2009 big screen adaptation of bestselling novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the Swedish actress continues to impress with her performances, and Unlocked marks her latest exciting project.
Rapace stars as Alice, a former Central Intelligence Agency interrogator who has left the fast-paced, dangerous world of spying behind with a new life as a caseworker in London.
After previously missing a trick when questioning a suspect before a terrorist attack in Paris, resulting in civilian deaths, including children, Alice is understandably against going back into the field and instead sometimes serves as an undercover agent for MI4.
But then something serious comes up and she’s called upon once again by the CIA to ‘unlock’ a man suspected of playing a part in an imminent dangerous plot by a Muslin extremist to release a deadly virus on London.
She successfully cracks messenger Lateef (Aymen Hamdouchi) in the confinement of a hotel room chosen by members of the agency, however when she receives a call from CIA HQ Langley ordering her to interrogate a suspect Alice realises her current set-up is a ruse.
Aware both her and Lateef’s lives are in danger if she gives all the information away freely, Alice must discretely bide her time and escape, though it isn’t long before the anonymous group are on her tail to find out the details she is keeping from them.
When she turns to her CIA former boss and lover (Michael Douglas) for help, the hunt only quickens, so when cockney rogue soldier (Orlando Bloom) presents himself as her aid, she hesitantly accepts his help in stopping the crazed terrorist unleashing a deadly bacterial attack on the city.
Unlocked is an exciting watch and is full of twists and turns, leaving you squirming in your seat scared of what’s going to happen next.
It can be quite over-exaggerated and confusing though, and there are moments where viewers are left lost as to who is the bad guy and who to trust.
The element of surprise may have been the aim of director Michael Apted, but not knowing what’s going on sometimes only serves to hinder how enjoyable a film is for audiences.
Rapace is totally in her element playing a powerful female lead and Toni Collette’s part as an MI4 operative adds to the girl power, especially when she narrowly escapes death thanks to a bulletproof vest.
Bloom also shows a new side of himself as the ‘is he, isn’t he’ Jack Alcott and he exudes confidence and cockiness, a far cry him his Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean alter egos.
But unfortunately his East End accent makes him hard to take seriously, and his involvement is almost spoof-like.
With a Homeland feel to proceedings, Unlocked is certainly worth a watch if you fancy an adrenaline rush, though be wary of its fast pace and puzzling nature!
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