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Unlocked – ★ ★ ★ ½ DVD Review

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Alice Racine (Noomi Rapace) is a former CIA interrogator who now works in a London community monitoring potential threats liaisoning between the CIA and MI6.  When a potential terrorist cell and plot are uncovered, she is brought in to interrogate a suspect when the original interrogator dies of a heart attack. Something doesn’t seem right though as she and the suspect are attacked by the agents who brought them both in.  Double crossed by her own people, she contacts her former CIA handler (Michael Douglas) and her MI6 contact (Toni Collette) to sort out the situation.  She escapes and goes off on her own, making it to a safe house where she encounters a former SAS operative (Orlando Bloom) who has turned to burglary.  On the run, Alice reluctantly teams up with him to try and find out who set her up and why before a deadly bio-attack is unleashed.

Unlocked was a rather clever thriller, and even though a few things about it were easy (for me) to guess, it did surprise me with other plot points and did keep me guessing at things. I didn’t really know who was good and who was a traitor, well I knew who one traitor and one good guy were.  I really didn’t know anything about this film going in, which is sometimes for the best as you have no expectations to either fail to meet or surpass.  I was sold basically by the cast.  While it has big names like Douglas, Malkovich, Collette and Bloom, they don’t really have large roles, the film really is all Rapace.  As I really enjoy her, that’s why I decided to watch it.  Her Alice was a very well defined, well developed character and Noomi Rapace delivered a very good performance. The fights, the chases, and the action scenes were all well done, and made for a very enjoyable, very watchable spy/action/thriller with multiple twists.

Bottom Line: There was a scene in an elevator that was very good, and something I hadn’t seen before or expected!

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