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Score: 95%
Rating: R
Publisher: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Region: A
Media: Blu-ray/1
Running Time: 98 Mins.
Genre: Action/Thriller/Mystery
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish


  • Making Unlocked
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Unlocked is a non-stop thrill ride starring Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus) as Alice Racine, a former CIA interrogator who has placed herself in self-imposed exile on a desk job following a devastating bombing five years prior when she failed to "unlock" a terrorist prisoner in time to stop the event. She now works at a community center in London helping immigrants and also keeping tabs on potential persons of interest, in conjunction with Emily Knowles (Toni Collette, Rake) of British Intelligence, but she still maintains a close friendship with her former boss, Eric Lasch (Michael Douglas, Wall Street, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps).

When a Muslim courier carrying an important message from a known terrorist collaborator bigwig is picked up by the CIA in London and an attack is imminent, Alice is immediately called back into service by an agent named Sutter (Matthew Marsh) to unlock this man and get the needed info before the devastating strike occurs. As Alice gets to work, using her more subtle methods rather than beating the man, which clearly happened prior to her arrival, she gets a call from the CIA stating that she is immediately needed to unlock this very same man. Yes, the man in the other room. Alice immediately realizes something is amiss and that there is a mole at the CIA, knowing that she must pretend to unlock this man while getting him to trust her if they are to escape with their lives.

Naturally, she turns to mentor Lasch for help, but it seems whoever is dead-set on getting the needed information is always one step ahead of her. When she attempts to hide at another property of Lasch's, she interrupts a handsome would-be thief in the process. Jack Alcott (Orlando Bloom, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean) is ex-military and catches on pretty quickly to what is happening, so before you know it, he is helping Alice out against her foes. But can she trust him? What's more, who can she trust when it seems both the CIA and British Intelligence are now after her, thinking she's been turned. She'll have to knock the rust off and jump right back into the game if she is going to survive this whole mess, much less saves the thousands that could fall victim if the terrorists' plan comes to fruition.

Unlocked is a really good movie, but one that is kind of hard to review, since it has so many twists and turns and I don't want to spoil even one of them for viewers. Noomi Rapace is a force of nature and she was especially bad-ass in the role of Alice, but then, she is pretty much known for those types of roles. Of special note is John Malkovich who plays Bob Hunter, head of the CIA office running the op. He is delightful with his acerbic wit and especially his silent but very expressive outburst when dealing with Emily Knowles. The verbal sparring match between the two preceding his very clear Skype message to her is a pleasure to watch. Truth told, the whole cast is great and I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.

There is a short making-of featurette where cast and crew discuss what went into making Unlocked plus a handful of trailers, but the film stands on its own and really doesn't need special features.

If you are looking for an espionage-based action thriller, you've found it in Unlocked. Highly recommended.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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