Watch: Lou 2022 123movies, Full Movie Online – A storm rages. A young girl is kidnapped. Her mother teams up with the mysterious woman next door to pursue the kidnapper, a journey that tests their limits and exposes shocking secrets from their pasts..
Plot: A young girl is kidnapped during a powerful storm. Her mother joins forces with her mysterious neighbour to set off in pursuit of the kidnapper. Their journey will test their limits and expose the dark secrets of their past.
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“Lou focuses on an admittedly generic kidnapping story, but Allison Janney and Jurnee Smollett’s incredibly captivating performances tremendously elevate the formulaic screenplay.
Given the lack of advertising and the low budget, Michael McDonough’s cinematography exceeds expectations, providing a much more interesting viewing due to the excellent control of the camera and the surrounding environment. The clean editing helps with the few yet violent fight sequences in a film driven by the two protagonists and their respective arcs.
The third act risks it all by “toying” with the audience’s intellect, but it’s still a decent watch.”
I don’t watch thrillers as a rule, so I will not try to compare it to others in that genre. I gave this a try only because of Allison Janney, who first impressed me in West Wing and later in Mom. Of course, this is a different breed of character for her altogether.
In a few ways the movie stuck close to the formula of the restrictive thriller genre: the supervillain who is always one step ahead until near the end, the fight scenes where any one blow would knock out a real person, scenes from the past filling in where character development leaves off, and plot twists I could see coming yards away. But the movie had a couple of surprises for me, the body count wasn’t as high as usual, and Janney put in her usual strong performance, so I stayed with it until the end, as did my wife, who enjoys thrillers even less than I do. So I guess that speaks volumes for Lou in the end.
A gritty well-made action thriller with a solid lead performance by Allison Janney in the lead
In a secluded part of the Pacific Northwest, loner Lou Adell (Allison Janney) is living a solitary life with her dog Jax with her only regular contact being with single mother Hannah Dawson (Jurmee Smollett) and her daughter Vee (Ridley Bateman) who rent property on Lou’s land. During a massive storm Hannah’s abusive and presumed dead ex Phillip (Logan-Marshall-Green) kidnaps their daughter Vee and Hannah enlists Lou’s help in tracking the two down leading to Lou tapping into her dormant skillset and long buried wounds that made her who she is.
Lou is the directorial debut of cinematographer Anna Forester whose previous directing credits were in television such as Criminal Minds and Outlander. Produced by J. J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, the film while initially setup at Paramount was dropped early on with Bad Robot opting to film Lou independently with distribution rights eventually being picked up by Netflix. The movie doesn’t break too far from the established formula of this kind of action thriller, but it does deliver on suspense and character you expect from this type of film.
One of the things that stood out to me with Lou was just how gritty the film looks. While Lou is set in the 1980s, the movie wisely avoids becoming “nostalgia porn” and really only uses 80s iconography or references when appropriate and in context rather than reminding you every few minutes as some films set in the decade have been guilty of. From the hard-edged fight sequences to some really tense survival sequences such as a setpiece on a lopsided rope bridge the movie reminded me of thrillers such as 1988’s Shoot to Kill which mixed this kind of chase movie with environmental perils. Allison Janney is really good as Lou and her performance as this hardened isolated loner is well done and she fits the role very well in terms of both the character’s backstory and skillset as well as conveying the inner turmoil of this character when it’s revealed what the source is. The other actors are good in their roles too with Jurmee Smollett’s performance as an abuse survivor quite engaging and Logan Marshall-Green a solidly done antagonist even if they’re not as compelling as Janney’s role. The movie does have a twist relating to certain character relationships and like most twists related to this type of genre exercise I think most will see it coming, but it works well enough thematically and leads to a tense and emotional climax that I was willing to let it pass.
Lou doesn’t reinvent the wheel when it comes to this kind of gritty minimalist action thriller, but it gives enough meat to the characters, aesthetics, and performances that I was kept engaged throughout the film’s brisk 100-minute runtime. Anna Foerster shows solid work in her first feature in the director’s seat and I look forward to seeing her hone her style in other films.
There is, seemingly never-ending supply of middle-aged men on a rampage vengeance movies. Ask Kevin Costner or Liam Neeson. Now we have something a bit novel. Older woman with murdering skills taking on a kidnapper. There isn’t much original about this endeavor, these days required twist and turns that come out of nowhere abound. But so what. When you have such an amazing heroine as Allison Janney many shortcomings are easily forgiven. She brings to this, many times visited party, true grit and mysterious charisma lacking so much in so many of our plastic movie stars. Letting yourself be who you are and of your own age liberates and allows you to do what you are meant to do. Act. Is that too much to ask?
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 47 min (107 min)
Genre Action, Crime, Drama
Director Anna Foerster
Writer Maggie Cohn, Jack Stanley
Actors Allison Janney, Jurnee Smollett, Logan Marshall-Green
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Atmos
Aspect Ratio 2.39:1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A