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'Locked Down' turns quarantine into a romantic heist movie for the Covid time capsule

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Anyone who has felt their relationship tested by quarantine (no need to raise hands, we see you) will at least partially relate to "Locked Down," which takes the idea of a couple trapped by those circumstances, then builds an improbable heist plot around it.

(CNN)Anyone who has felt their relationship tested by quarantine (no need to raise hands, we see you) will at least partially relate to "Locked Down," which takes the idea of a couple trapped by those circumstances, then builds an improbable heist plot around it.

Thanks to Chiwetel Ejiofor and Anne Hathaway it's mildly watchable, but mostly an artifact that might look better after a few years in the Covid time capsule.

Living together in London, Ejiofor's Paxton has just been furloughed from his van-driving gig, while his partner Linda (Hathaway) is forced to lay off some of her company's workers.

The tension in the relationship comes spewing out in a lot of rapid-fire dialogue, almost like an Aaron Sorkin movie, only there's not much room to walk while talking.

Like most shot-under-quarantine productions, it's intriguing for about 30 minutes or so, thanks in part to the charismatic leads.

For the next half-hour, most viewers -- like their predicament -- will probably have seen enough and just want to get out.

Along the way, the pair chat with various friends and co-workers played by the likes of Ben Stiller, Ben Kingsley and Dule Hill, but this is mostly a two-handed card game.

amid the studio's strategy of launching its 2021 slate on HBO Max (like CNN, both units of WarnerMedia), "Locked Down" is the kind of small-boned movie that doesn't lose anything on a streaming platform.

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