Living collectively in London, Ejiofor’s Paxton has simply been furloughed from his van-driving gig, whereas his associate Linda (Hathaway) is pressured to put off a few of her firm’s employees. That solely provides to the shared sense of malaise and discomfort, since Linda — first seen screaming right into a pillow — had been “planning to end our thing” earlier than the lockdown saved them no less than bodily collectively.
The rigidity within the relationship comes spewing out in loads of rapid-fire dialogue, nearly like an Aaron Sorkin film, solely there’s not a lot room to stroll whereas speaking.
“I’m not normal lately, I know that,” Paxton admits, earlier than going out into the road to learn poetry, loudly, as a method of “entertaining our fellow inmates.”
Like most shot-under-quarantine productions, it is intriguing for about 30 minutes or so, thanks partially to the charismatic leads. For the subsequent half-hour, most viewers — like their predicament — will most likely have seen sufficient and simply need to get out.
The second half, although, takes a marked flip, as a chance presents itself for the 2 to collaborate on absconding with a priceless (OK, extraordinarily worthwhile) piece of merchandise. The situation creates uncertainty about whether or not they’ll truly undergo with the scheme, if they will get away with it, and whether or not sharing such an endeavor can restore the injury performed between them.
Along the way in which, the pair chat with varied mates and associates performed by the likes of Ben Stiller, Ben Kingsley and Dule Hill, however that is largely a two-handed card sport.
Once once more, it is potential to admire the ingenuity — and on this case, the central performances — with out discovering the end result notably satisfying. Seeing glamorous folks participating in mundane, getting-under-each-other’s-skin bickering does not essentially make that a complete lot extra enjoyable.
“Locked Down” premieres Jan. 14 on HBO Max.