Unlocked (2 stars)


Noomi Rapace is amongst the famous faces slumming it in Michael Apted's substandard thriller

A London-set B-movie with a cast containing several A-listers and a hugely experienced director, Unlocked is a film that should be far better than it is. Directed by Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough, Gorillas in the Mist), it stars Noomi Rapace as CIA agent Alice Racine, who is lying low in London after failing to prevent a Paris terror attack (it's worth noting that the film was shot in late 2014 / early 2015, so predates much of the French capital's recent troubles).

When she's called upon to interrogate a suspect, Alice swiftly realises it's a set-up and her life is at stake. But who is pulling the strings? John Malkovich's Langley boss? Toni Collette's MI5 suit? Or Alice's own station chief, played by Michael Douglas? And what on earth is a tattooed Orlando Bloom up to? Twist follows twist as Apted cranks up the pace and Alice escapes certain death on more than one occasion, not knowing who to trust.

Rapace has form as an action heroine, from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to Prometheus, and convinces in the role. But there's something distinctly trashy about the script by Peter O'Brien, which revolves around an Isis plot to launch a hazardous toxin on the unsuspecting population (its effectiveness is made very clear in one gruesome scene where a luckless child who kicks his ball into the makeshift lab gets an accidental dose).

With a largely past their prime supporting cast, the lines are jammed as Malkovich, Douglas and Collette phone in their performances, though none of them fare as badly as Bloom's Cockney guv'nor. It gets worse as it wears on, with laughable revelations and a seen-it-all-before finale. The result is a substandard thriller that is barely worth clogging up your bandwidth to stream, let alone paying to see in the cinema.

General release from Fri 5 May.


  • 2 stars
  • 2017
  • 1h 38min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Michael Apted
  • Cast: Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, Toni Collette, Michael Douglas, John Malkovich
  • UK release: 5 April 2017

Alice (Rapace) is a CIA agent in London who begins to suspect that she is being set up.