Another female lead in action

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By 2017-09-10

By Nirupa Mohan
Ceylon Today Features

Unlocked is the latest action thriller to be released in Sri Lankan cinemas. The film stars Noomi Rapace as Alice Racine, a CIA interrogator who after a failed assignment, regretfully works in London. She is suddenly called back to action as a deadly terrorist threat unfolds.

With compromised classified information at every turn, and an imminent biological threat, agent Alice not only has to run for her life but also needs to figure out who can really be trusted and who might just put London's citizens in danger.

The espionage drenched action thriller, with the tagline "To stop the terror, they must fight the conspiracy" features an experienced cast. Michael Douglas stars as Eric Lasch, Orlando Bloom as Jack Alcott, Toni Collette as Emily Knowles, Makram Khoury as Imam Yazid and John Malkovich as Bob Hunter, as well as a host of good supporting actors.

This is a movie that amplifies the phrase 'nothing is what it seems or no one is what they seem'. It keeps you guessing from start to finish and goes strong in terms of having a determined lead character that is never shaken from getting to the bottom of the plot.

The lead stars performance managed to deliver what was needed for a film that doesn't feel like a fresh plot. However the fact that the only thing the film had in its favour to set it apart from other movies which have the same almost generic stale action scenes is that it's a woman instead of the usual male in the lead role. If that was taken out of the picture, then the fact that the film has a threat, internal leaks, double agents, spies, controlled bombs and other familiar components, make it predictable if not for the random plot twists.

Meanwhile, certain parts of the movie based on the editing between shots and camera angles seem to fail miserably and tend to come off almost as if it is a mash up at times. But on the other hand, that doesn't seem half as bad when compared to Orlando Bloom as he attempts and seems to fail terribly at his British accent.

The film by seasoned director Michael Apted was produced together with Erik Howsam, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Claudia Bluemhuber and Georgina Townsley. The 98 minute film was written by Peter O'Brien in collaboration with Lipsync Productions, Bloom, Silver Reel, Di Bonaventura Pictures and SRA Productions. It failed to satisfy audiences, raking in low ratings of only 24% on Rotten Tomatoes, 6.1/10 on IMDb and just 2/4 on Roger Ebert.

This is an action thriller that has just the right amount of plot twists to keep the audience interested but not enough to watch it a second time. Regardless, this is a movie that's entertaining to watch for anyone who enjoys a bit of action and espionage dabbed with drama, backed by a mild dose of suspense. The movie could have had more depth but delivers what's expected based on the low 24% rating which becomes somewhat self-explanatory.

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