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Locked Down

Published April 3, 2021

Locked Down

Film info

  • Title Locked Down
  • Director Doug Liman
  • Year 2021
  • Run time 1hr 57m
  • Genres Comedy, Crime, Drama
  • Tagline Some people unravel faster than others

In Locked Down, just as they decide to separate, Linda and Paxton find life has other plans when they are stuck at home in a mandatory lockdown. Co-habitation is proving to be a challenge, but fuelled by poetry and copious amounts of wine, it will bring them closer together in the most surprising way.

Live blog

TimeComment
1:06How have they managed to get so many close ups of a hedgehog?
2:05“It’s bad. They cancelled NBA.”
4:27That’s a nice house to be locked down in at least.
6:08“You’ve evolved, he’s mutated.”
13:26The man is in the street shouting poetry. Nothing is weird anymore.
16:20Stoned hedgehog!
20:54Yours in Isolation is a great sign-off.
29:08Loving the kid with his background guerilla signage.
31:26Confession avalanche sounds like fun. Or maybe not.
34:51“Although a complete re-examination of one’s life does appear to be a Covid side effect.”
37:57“Fuck you, I’m buying flour.”
48:53Is he encouraging him to steal the jewellery? Weirdo.
50:59A frozen look of exasperation is basically lockdown in a nutshell.
55:32I knew the NHS thing was mostly drunk people with pans.
1:01:46Okay, we’ve taken a turn towards Staged now with the pop-up famous people!
1:11:30Lockdown, one last ride.
1:14:14“I am intensely okay and normal.”
1:29:48Waving at the security cameras because you know them is crazy.
1:34:56I didn’t know that Harrods did food, must be so posh.
1:42:58Actual piranhas?

Thoughts

If it wasn’t for our immediate release policy, I don’t think I would have watched it. Somehow, despite my profound love of Staged, it feels too soon to be making this kind of full length entertainment about Covid and everything that’s come with it. But it turned out to be better than I was expecting, and definitely very watchable without being triggering. It starts with a stoned hedgehog, for goodness' sake!

I don’t know that it was a very good film, it felt like it didn’t know what it was supposed to be. A two-hander? No, lots of guest stars. A drama about being stuck together? No there’s a whole other heist plot going on. Oh so it’s a heist movie? Is it? Not enough action for that. It felt tonally very jumbled and all over the place… although thinking about it, that does sum up what lockdown life is like.

Ultimately it was entertaining and worth a watch, but it was a weird journey.

Rating: 3 / 5

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