No doubt in the coming months, now that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected so many lives, many books, shows, and films will implement aspects of the world into their narratives. That is art often, trying to find avenues that connect with the audience. So it's understandable why some may use it. It's already begun with shows like This Is Us and Shameless recognizing the pandemic in their respective new seasons while others such as the controversial Michael Bay-produced film Songbird. However, there has been mixed reception to these films and shows, with some being considered exploitative.
Perhaps the upcoming film HBO Max Locked Down, directed by Doug Liman, will do a better job, telling a relatable story about a couple (Played by Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor) who separate just as the pandemic occurs and are forced to quarantine together. Doesn't sound like a Liman film does it? Oh...did I mention they make peace in order to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic and pull off a jewellery heist at the department store Harrods? Yeah...they're doing that too.
Filmed last year from September to October, the official trailer has been released today and shows how it tries to realistically depict the situation, including much of the supporting cast of characters appearing exclusively on video chat. Check it out below:
Locked Down is set to premiere on HBO Max on January 14th.