Noomi Rapace plays Alice Racine, a CIA agent working undercover in a community centre in Hackney. She's then lured back into the field after she was tasked to interrogate a suspect who may be involved in a biological terrorist attack.
Michael Apted's direction is very workmanlike, failing to give the movie any sort of panache so that it wouldn't look like every other spy movie. Peter O'Brien's script is so convoluted, filled with too many twist and turns that I gave up trying to figure out what the characters were trying to do. I particularly lost interest when the movie introduces Jack Alcott (Orlando Bloom) half an hour into the film.
Bloom's terrible cockney accent wasn't the worst part about the film. It was the way his character was written that was so laughable. Bloom isn't the leading man that was advertised. He has about as much screentime as the rest of the supporting cast (which isn't much). While all of the supporting character are pretty much Racine's superiors, Alcott is an ex-Marine who tries to steal a TV in his first scene and gets attacked by a dog in his last scene.
While Rapace tried her best, everyone else was on autopilot. None of the supporting actors looked like they wanted to be in the movie and were cruising through the entire film so that they can get their paycheques. All the supporting cast (Toni Collette, John Malkovich, Michael Douglas) don't seem to display their usual charisma. It's a shame because Unlocked has a cast that's pretty much on Bourne's pedigree.
Unlocked is simply too mundane to be serviceable. If you want to watch a decent British spy movie, watch Spooks. Even if you'll forget the film by the end, you'll have a far better time watching Spooks than Unlocked.
It's a decent watch. There's no real surprises in it but it's interesting enough. Not too taxing on the brain cells and moves atva decent pace. I would hope there's a sequel because I enjoyed this one.
As usual, it's the big bad Americans who are actually complicit in promoting and abetting terrorist attacks, blah,blah, blah. You know where the story is headed from about 3 minutes into the movie.
Performances aren't terrible so, if you can ignore the attendance of the film to superficial social fashion, you could probably get something from it as background while you play games on your tablet.
Those reviewers complaining about the predictable plot is par the course- I certainly think its better than or at least as good as any recent spy releases (November Man, Jason Bourne) I like the fact it stayed away from big set pieces ala The Mission Impossible Franchise and obligatory car chase scene. All in All a good movie.