Unlocked

Unlocked is a 2017 American thriller film directed by Michael Apted and written by Peter O’Brien. The film stars Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, Michael Douglas, John Malkovich and Toni Collette. The film was released in the United Kingdom on May 5, 2017, by Lionsgate.

Rapace plays Alice Racine, a brilliant CIA operative who hasn’t worked in the field since she was unable to prevent a terrorist attack in Paris in 2012. She blames herself and then took a undercover job in London in the guise of a social worker, which gives her insights into possible terrorist plots. Her former boss in the CIA, Eric Lasch, repeatedly tried to get her to come back and work for him but she politely refuses.

However she is called in lead the interrogation of a muslim man who is couriering a message from a radical imam, with a possible terrorist plot and agrees to do the job. However after she breaks him down, she gets a call from the CIA asking her to get the investigation started, she realizes that she is dealing with a rogue element. She gets out of there in the nick of time, managing to kill a few of the rogues but the courier dies in the cross fire. She then does not know whom to trust and goes to her old mentor, but his house is attacked and he is seemingly killed, so she goes to a safe house he had given her the address for. There she is ambushed by more rogues but a burglar, Jack, who just happened to be looting the place, gives her hand and takes her to safety.

With Jack, who tells her he is a former marine and can help, with her she goes to find a contact she has and tried to get info on the imam, but Jack turns out to be a rogue agent and she is attacked by him. She gets away and he is mauled by large dogs, who the contact let loose on him. On the way she is helped by her friend & MI6 boss Emily Knowles and a superior in the CIA Bob Hunter, to uncover the double crosses and plots by rogue elements in the CIA, lead by her mentor Lasch. In the end, she triumphs and outwits Lasch and the white haired mercenary her hired and goes back to her old life.

Unlocked is one of those films which has a really good cast but is let down by a choppy script and storyline.The talents of Collette & Malkovich are wasted in their roles. Still ok for a late afternoon viewing. 6 outta 10!

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