THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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UNLOCKED (2017)

A predictable but entertaining spy movie, CIA agent Alice Racine (Noomi Rapace) is working in London as a caseworker after she seemingly failed to prevent a terrorist attack in Paris that killed many.  But there’s something else going on – and her mentor (Michael Douglas) pulls her back in the thick of things as the CIA learns of another imminent attack.  As she attempts to unlock the suspect she’s interrogating, suddenly the whole operation is compromised and she’s on the run trying to figure out who she can trust, and how to stop the attack before it’s too late.  Unlocked is typical, but not badly done.  Rapace is all business til the very end, when we get a look at how beautiful she really is.  Orlando Bloom also turns up as a (suspicious) cat burglar who seems to want to help Rapace.  But the best performance in the whole film is a quite droll John Malkovich, the man in charge back at CIA headquarters in Langley.  With everyone else so dreadfully serious, Malkovich plays everything with a twinkle in his eye, bemusement or with playful anger.  He is a joy to watch and I wish he had more screen time.  Unlocked is by the book but you’ve read worse books. In theaters now and available on demand.

 

TLA one-word review: intriguing