DATELINE: Spies Who Came in from the Heat
Unlocked is a gender-bender spy tale in which the producers take a routine story and make the hero a heroine, casting the burned-out case of an agent from man to woman. In this case it is Noomi Rapace or is that Roomi Napace?
You can’t tell CIA agent without a scorecard or iPO address.
She is a manly girl, and so is her butch boss, Toni Collette, playing one of those MI6 supervisors in conflict with her American counterpart in the CIA, John Malkovich.
There is some deadpan humor evident, but the main point is whom can you trust? And is anyone really dead?
Don’t make any bets.
Michael Douglas is Noomi’s mentor in a few clipped scenes. He takes a clip or two more than once.
Orlando Bloom looks haggard and covered in tattoos to diminish his once-boyish charms as some kind of thug-cum-wish-come-true.
Yes, there are twists galore and violence unremitting as we try to figure out who the terrorists are and why they are so sympathetic. It seems their cell in London wants to downplay terror attacks in multi-cultural London.
We recall the days when it was New York City that was the melting pot, but times and spies change the war terms.
The film is utterly brazen in its attempt to create a franchise, following the exploits of this female James Bond hopeful. Most of the cast likely could return in one role or another as the spies who loved each other.