LOCKED IN (2021) Reviews of crime thriller; now with a clip


Locked In is a 2021 American crime thriller about a single mother who must protect her daughter and herself during a heist gone wrong.

Written and directed by Carlos V. Gutierrez, the movie stars Mena Suvari (Paradise Cose; What Lies Below; Don’t Tell a Soul), Jeff Fahey (Atomic Shark; Body Parts; Psycho III), Costas Mandylor, Bruno Bichir and Jasper Polish.


After a diamond heist takes a fatal turn, a pair of thieves must entrust their fortune with an accomplice at a high-tech storage facility while they lay low. Hiding the goods within the labyrinth of storage units, the thieves’ inside man pays the ultimate price when he turns against them.

Now, hellbent on recovering the missing stones, they seize the facility and kidnap surviving employee Maggie (Mena Suvari), threatening her family unless she helps them. Locked in with nowhere to run, Maggie’s only chance to escape alive is to fight back and stay one step ahead of her captors in a deadly game of cat and mouse…


“Gutierrez allows the effort to deflate when it should keep coming up with ways to keep Maggie in danger as she deals with tight spaces and mean men with guns. Instead, “Locked In” takes the long way to disappointment, with the helmer failing to create a wild B-movie with capable genre ingredients.” Blu-ray.com

“Going in to Locked In part of me was hoping that Mena Suvari would pull a Bob Odenkirk in Nobody and be an unexpected action hero… that was not the case. But while Maggie did not have “action hero strength” she was absolutely a strong character that was the driving force of the film […] Director Carlos V. Gutierrez does a good job with the pacing of the film…” Bulletproof Action

” …a rote and chintzy affair undone by clunky writing and inane character behavior that prolongs what should have been a relatively brief incident. Its prospects may be better on VOD than in theaters when it opens via both platforms on May 7, but most will wisely sidestep it altogether.” Variety

Release date:

In the USA, Saban Films and Paramount are releasing Locked In theatrically in select locations, On-Demand and Digital on May 7, 2021.

Cast and characters:

Mena Suvari … Maggie
Jeff Fahey … Mel
Costas Mandylor … Harris
Bruno Bichir … Lee
Jasper Polish … Tarin
Manny Perez … Ross
Natalie Smith … Police Officer
James Biberi … Freddy
Joanne Lamstein … Mary Sue

Filming locations:

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania



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