We've obviously been living through some crazy times, and the ongoing global health issues have changed the way many industries function. The TV/film world is no exception, and a number of projects have actually been set in the times of COVID-19. The next of these is the upcoming romantic comedy Locked Down, which stars Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor as an arguing couple who tries to make a jewelry heist in the midst of the pandemic. It's quite the concept, and now the reviews are in.
Locked Down is the second of Anne Hathaway's new movies to arrive straight to homes via HBO Max, following The Witches. That adaptation was met with a mixed critical response, and now the verdict is in for Hathaway's upcoming comedy. CinemaBlend's Eric Eisenberg gave Locked Down an impressive 4/5 stars, praising the film by saying:
Well, that was pretty glowing. And while Locked Down is neither the first or last film project to be focused on life in the midst of isolation, Eric Eisenberg seems to think Doug Liman's new comedy stands out for the quality of the performances and overall film. Of course, not every critic felt the same way about the movie's overall effectiveness. IndieMire's David Ehrlich seemed to think it failed to reach its potential, writing:
While much of the conversation around Locked Down is about its time setting and tackling of COVID-19, it's also a heist movie at its core. Variety's Owen Gleiberman tackled that aspect of the upcoming streaming release. As his review reads:
Seeing COVID tackled onscreen is obviously a unique experience, as we've seen in TV shows like Grey's Anatomy and Shameless. And while Collider's Matt Goldberg rated Locked Down with a B-, his issue seems to be that very delicate subject matter. As he review reads,
Subject matter aside, Locked Down reviews seem to be universally praising the performances give by its two stars. The Wrap's Alonso Duralde spent time addressing the chemistry of Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor during his review. Said praise includes:
Naturally there has also been some criticism thrown Locked Down's way, as is the case with every major film release. THR's David Rooney took particular aim at the script written by Steven Knight (Serenity, Peaky Blinders), for problems in the character as well as the movie as a whole. One excerpt says,
Luckily for moviegoers, they won't have to wait long before seeing Locked Down themselves, and being able to judge the film's quality on their own. After all, there are plenty of movies that have been embraced by audiences after suffering poor or mixed reviews. The movie it currently set to arrive on the new streaming service on January 14th. In the meantime, check out our 2021 release list to plan your next movie experience.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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