Blu-ray Review: UNLOCKED

UNCLOKED was directed by Michael Apted from a screenplay by Peter O’Brien and stars Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, Michael Douglas, Toni Collette and John Malkovich.

After failing to apprehend the terrorist behind a Paris attack that claimed dozens of lives, CIA agent Alice Racine (Noomi Rapace) is forced to live in London as a caseworker. Unexpectedly, she is called back into action by her mentor, Eric Lasch (Michael Douglas), when the CIA discovers intel of another imminent attack. While “unlocking” the suspect, Alice discovers that the classified information she has uncovered has been compromised. Running for her life, Alice turns to ex-soldier Jack (Orlando Bloom) to prevent a lethal biological attack on the citizens of London.

Unlocked follows this female CIA agent who is given a second chance out in the field so that she can stop a terrorist plot that’s in the making. What she quickly finds out is that she can’t trust any of her contacts (old and new) because there are several different sides playing this dangerous spy game. She has a few allies she thinks she can trust but she learns the hard way that she’s playing an extremely deadly game full of doublecrossers, deception and betrayal. It’s like, as soon as she meets up with a person she think’s she can trust, they turn on her. What Alice ends up having to do is outsmart these shady people so that she can ultimately stop this potential tragedy before it ever happens.

Okay, watching this movie made me feel like I had seen it many times before. Most of these spy thrillers use the same basic formula where the hero has to stop the villain from blowing something up and that’s exactly the case here. In my opinion, the story is pretty stale and is actually the weakest part of the movie. Now, there’s also some good points to make about Unlocked with the strongest one being the impressive cast assembled here. We’ve got Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, Michael Douglas, Toni Collette and John Malkovich all in the same movie, so if that doesn’t get your attention, I don’t know what will. The movie also features plenty of shoot ’em up and fight scenes for the adrenaline junkies out there to enjoy.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Unlocked is nothing more than a traditional spy thriller that treads on familiar territory with the only exception being that there’s a strong female lead that is usually played by a male actor. Noomi Rapace does a really good job as this smart female agent who is given a second chance where she ultimately saves the day. She also has a great supporting cast and they all have their key moments in the movie. The story deals with terrorisim and inserts it into this complicated spy game where there’s several sides playing against one another. There’s also a nice little twist that’s revealed close to the end that caught me off guard and it shows just how twisted this spy game really can be. Director Michael Apted did a good job capturing the grittiness and intensity of this action movie so I guess that only real weakness is that the stale plot is nothing more than a rehash with new characters. Unlocked will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) on November 14th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 98 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: There’s not much as far as the extras go but we do get a behind-the-scenes featurette, trailer and a digital copy of the movie.

  • “Making Unlocked” Featurette (13:24)
  • Unlocked Trailer (02:27)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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