LOU (2022) 11 reviews of Netflix action crime thriller

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Lou is a 2022 action crime thriller about a young mother who teams up with a mysterious woman after her daughter is kidnapped.

Directed by Anna Foerster from a screenplay written by Maggie Cohn and Jack Stanley. Produced by JJ Abrams, Jon Cohen and Hannah Minghella.

The Bad Robot production stars Allison Janney (I, Tonya), Jurnee Smollett (Birds of Prey), Logan Marshall-Green, Ridley Asha Bateman, Greyston Holt, Matt Craven, Toby Levins, Marci T. House, Jaycie Dotin and Roman Mitichyan.

Plot synopsis:
Thinking she’d put her dangerous past behind her, Lou (Allison Janney) finds her quiet life interrupted when a desperate mother (Jurnee Smollett) begs her to save her kidnapped daughter.

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As a massive storm rages, the two women risk their lives on a rescue mission that will test their limits and expose dark and shocking secrets from their pasts…

Reviews:
“Janney is a nice change of pace for this type of entertainment, providing an authoritative performance as the eponymous character, giving director Anna Foerster some behavioral business to manage while also participating in stunt work. Lou doesn’t win points for originality, but it does provide an enjoyable viewing experience, and a chance to watch Janney go into butt-kicking mode is certainly worth a look.” 3.5/5, Blu-ray.com

” …there’s a dull, derailing twist that complicates and confuses, turning what could have been a tight little chase movie into something far baggier and far harder to get involved in. It edges the film into limp melodrama and takes us further away from the action, a misguided attempt to swap adrenaline with emotion. Janney sells it regardless…” 2/5, The Guardian

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“Allison Janney has now proven that there is absolutely nothing she cannot do when it comes to acting and has given one of her strongest performances in Lou. I would be shocked if this movie didn’t garner a lot of chatter about putting Janney in more roles like this […] As a standalone, Lou is a lot of fun and one of the better Netflix originals in a long time.” 8/10, JoBlo

“As ever, Academy Award winner Allison Janney is amazing, likewise with Jurnee Smollett. The rest of the cast shine and overall Lou is a solid action thriller that is well worth watching.” 8.7/10, Next Flicks

“Janney, and Smollet, to their credits, did most of the stunts you’ll see on screen, but it’s not anywhere near the level of Atomic Blonde and the John Wick films which “Lou” is clearly trying to embody. Again, this is a film that will merely exist on a hub and remain stagnant for about a week until it gets buried in the algorithm.” B- The Only Critic

“Credit to Janney for never giving into the idea that Lou has to be likable. She’s a suicidal killing machine. If anything, I wanted the film to lean into her cynicism and nihilism even more but was impressed that Janney never softens her edges. She seems to be the only person involved who understands that this movie needs to be a no-fat, no-frills thriller.” RogerEbert.com

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