Director : Simon Peacemaker

Producer : Charles Granville

Starring : Hilda Dokubo, Belinda Effah, Charles Granville, Sunny Nneji and Abayomi Alvin

Genre : Thriller

Release Date : August 9, 2019 (Nigeria)

Awesome-o-Metre : 1.5/10

Revue of LOCKED

Locked tells the story of how a seemingly lovely wife kills her husband in a psychotic rage and then holds her daughter and fiancé hostage.

When I saw the synopsis, poster and trailer for Locked, I immediately recognised that it will require sheer genius to pull off this plot but to insulate myself from disappointment, I went with low expectations. Unfortunately, my low expectations weren’t low enough because it was truly a subpar film. For one, the plot of is very ridiculous and does not connect with the audience. I understand the need for ingenuity and novelty in film making but this film was too farfetched to connect with.

Despite the inconceivability of Locked, I believe it could have been salvaged with excellent acting, sadly, the acting was anything but excellent. Hilda is a legend of Nollywood but despite her legendary status she is guilty of some suspicious acting. I didn’t understand the character she was trying to express, and this may not entirely be her fault as the scripting of Locked is flawed. The attempt at a backstory for us to understand her character is insufficient for the audience to appreciate why she behaved the way she did. The bad scripting affected all the other characters in the film including Sunny Nneji and Belinda ensuring they all came off boring and Abayomi as a totally irrelevant character. Did I mention that this film had a lot of (awkward) kissing? Well, there was and it made me very uncomfortable.

On the flip side, despite all the flaws of Locked, some of the post-production aspects of the film were relatively good especially the lighting and color grading. The coloring was appropriate for the film but I can’t say this for the sound and score which many times sounded comical that I half expected a clown to pop out and start juggling.

The flawed scripting and dodgy acting all joined forces to translate into a really poor and boring film so much so that the plot twist at the end made me burst into irrepressible laughter…and I don’t mean that in a good way because I was laughing at the 1hr 45mins of my life that I am never getting back. I really want to beg Nollywood producers to recognize that not all ideas should make it to film and they urgently need to stop all these subpar productions because it’s bad for our industry and can bring our actors and actresses into disrepute.

Have you seen Locked? Am I being unnecessarily critical? I am curious to hear your take so why not sound off in the comment section below or hit me on Twitter Instagram or Facebook and let’s talk about it.

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The Maveriq

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  1. Your review is on point, the story, the plot, the twist, are flawed especially the the twist. There are lots of loopholes, I didn’t enjoy the movie one bit.

  2. The movie is a great one, your review got me thinking maybe you have personal issues with the cast and crew please calm down drink water and watch again, the movie is 10/10

    1. Baba, nothing personal, it’s just my opinion. You’re well withing your rights to disagree.

  3. I just finished watching this movie and though I will not give it a 10/10, I’ll say the only movie that would give it some competition on netflix in my opinion, is Living in Bondage. After that, Locked is my 2nd best Nigerian movie ever!

    1. It’s possible that you liked Locked, but saying it’s 2nd only to LIB is quite a stretch don’t you think?

      1. No o…
        Most Nollywood stories are generic. From the beginning, you already know the end. LOCKED got me thinking and just when I thought I’ve figured it out, they shock me with a twist. The movie started a little slow and one could understand your review based on the beginning but…. My God! They did a good job biko! And the fact that the cast is that few and they were able to keep me on my seat… says a lot.

        I’ll advice you calm down and watch it again. However, we don’t all like the same things. Most of my friends who have seen it today have been talking about it with a lot of praise too. Thats how I know I’m not wrong.

    2. Please this is an exaggeration, I just finished watching Locked early this morning and to be frank, I was not impressed one bit. The review of Maveriq is on point.

  4. I trust your judgement. Your past reviews were always on point. I am sure Nollywood will continue to improve on their acts and one day be able to keep us happily glued to the screens.