Re­fresh­ing to see fe­male-led ac­tion movie

The Star Early Edition - - TONIGHT | FILM - JA­MAL GROOTBOOM

The Michael Apted di­rected spy thriller Un­locked comes as a sur­prise with a top­i­cal premise, great per­for­mances and a fe­male-led film with real grit.

Un­locked sees CIA agent Alice Racine (Noomi Ra­pace) be­ing called in to “un­lock” a pris­oner in an ef­fort to save count­less lives from a ter­ror at­tack.

Dur­ing the in­ter­ro­ga­tion, she dis­cov­ers the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion but finds that she has been fooled by a mole and must es­cape and get the in­for­ma­tion to the real CIA of­fice.

While spy thrillers are noth­ing new, hav­ing a fe­male-led film with any­one not named Scar­lett Jo­hans­son is some­thing of a rar­ity. And while Ra­pace’s per­for­mance ini­tially seems very cold and dis­tant, once the char­ac­ter’s back story is re­vealed, it be­comes clear why she is portraying the char­ac­ters in such a man­ner that cre­ates depth.

She is also one bad ass CIA agent.

Ra­pace is very con­vinc­ing in all the ac­tion scenes and fully in­hab­its the char­ac­ter she is portraying.

The sup­port­ing cast is quite phe­nom­e­nal with sup­port­ing roles by Or­lando Bloom, Toni Col­lette, John Malkovich and Michael Dou­glas.

Apted re­ally gets great per­for­mances from each of them and the ac­tors are fully en­gaged in the se­ri­ous­ness of the film’s premise.

Fur­ther­more, the screen­writ­ers do a great job of giv­ing the ac­tors meaty di­a­logue and the twist and turns within the film are mostly un­ex­pected. And when the real an­tag­o­nist is re­vealed it comes out of left field which is a job well done for any screen­writer.

The ac­tion scenes are filled with a ton of ten­sion and filmed well. Noth­ing an­noys me more than watch­ing a fight scene and the di­rec­tor us­ing the shaky cam tech­nique to hide the fact that he/she can’t film a fight scene prop­erly.

The cin­e­matog­ra­phy is also very beau­ti­ful with the panned shots of the Lon­don cityscape and beau­ti­ful shots of the in­ner city.

Over­all, it re­ally is amaz­ing to watch a film where the men are placed in sec­ondary roles and the women in the film are the ones sav­ing the day.

Ra­pace re­ally gives a stel­lar per­for­mance and I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing what she does next.

Noomi Ra­pace as CIA agent Alice Racine in Un­locked. PIC­TURE: SUP­PLIED

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