Ejiofor’s London co-living Paxton was recently laid off from a van show, while his partner, Linda (Hathaway), was forced to lay off workers at her company – just adding to her discomfort and discomfort. The discomfort was shared because Linda ̵1; first seen screaming into pillows – had “planned to end our story” before the premiere kept them together, at least.
The tension in the relationship spreads out in the conversations that come up quickly, almost like the Aaron Sorkin movies, but there isn’t much room to walk while talking.
“I’m not normal lately, I know,” admitted Paxton, before going out into the streets to read the poem aloud to be. “To entertain our roommates”
As with most shootings under quarantine, it will be interesting for about 30 minutes or so, thanks in part to the charming lead. Over the next half hour, most of the viewers – as well as their situation – will probably see enough and just want to get out.
The second half is clearly changed, though, as it presents itself as an opportunity for the two to join forces in an escape with priceless merchandise. (OK and valuable) The situation creates uncertainty about whether they will actually execute this plan, if they will run away, and whether sharing such efforts can repair the damage done between them.
Along the way, the couple chat with friends and colleagues, many of whom are played by Ben Stiller, Ben Kingsley and Dule Hill, but most of them are two-handed card games.
Once again, you can appreciate ingenuity – and in this case mid-performance – without particularly satisfying results. Seeing charming people engage in a mundane quarrel under each other’s skin doesn’t have to make the story any more fun.
“Locked Down,” premieres Jan. 14 on HBO Max.