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.
Uploaded by: FREEMAN December 03, 2022 at 12:42 PM
Dark, effective, taut, gritty psycho thriller - crackin' entertainment
In dark, effective psycho thriller "Lou" Allison Janney (strong again) is a surly ex-CIA spook living on a remote mountain, pulled into helping only near neighbour Jurnee Smollett when her kid Ridley Asha Bateman is snatched by evil ex Logan Marshall-Green (great - channelling Tom Hardy) who's ALSO ex-military Special Ops. As Janney & Smollett track Marshall-Green across the harsh storm-lashed wilderness more layers & twists unfold... but how will it all end? Maggie Cohn & Jack Stanley's screenplay is classically solid, and Anna Foerster directs with a terrifically taut & gritty style. It's simple, old-school style fare, but still crackin' bang-on entertainment.
Reviewed by nogodnomasters7 / 10
The world is not a playground
The film opens with Lou (Allison Janney) burning documents and getting ready for suicide. She balks with her dog Jax at her feet. Orcas Island in the Pacific Northwest is bracing for a storm. Lou has a tenet, a single mom named Hannah (Jurnee Smollett) and her daughter Vee (Ridley Asha Bateman). During the storm Philip (Logan Marshall-Green) the ex-husband believed dead, kidnaps his daughter and heads to a remote bay. Hannah runs to use Lou's phone which is dead. Lou offers to track them through the woods to the surprise of Hannah. Lou demonstrates her military skills and confesses to Hannah she was in the CIA and left the world in a worse condition than she found it.
The film takes place about 1985 as Reagan speaks about Iran-Contra. Lou had been in Iran and was married there with a child for cover. The CIA oversaw the revolution in 1953 and installed the Shah, This was called project Ajax, hence the name Jax for the dog. The film then makes other connections, but it is mostly tracking and a fight between Philip and both women separately.
Guide: F-word. No sex or nudity.
Reviewed by norbert-plan-618-7158138 / 10
Successful survival film with its own identity
Lou is a film that makes you feel the cold and wet! This survival movie maintains and renews the genre at the same time. The humidity and the cold, because the film takes place during a storm in the forest. Allison Janney, an unsympathetic landlord and neighbor, rents a house to Jurnee Smollett and her little girl. The film begins by showing us the lives of the hillbillies as they prepare for the storm's arrival. But this is not a country drama, because these two women will each be confronted with their past, which will lead them in a chase in a wild environment (very beautiful scenery and landscapes of British Columbia). As such the plot is classic, and the film does not surprise in its dramatic rebounds, but the treatment and the environment make the whole exciting to follow. Moreover the film is visually successful. The film benefits from an impressive support from Allison Janney, who carries the film in a physical and charismatic role. Logan Marshall-Green excels in this feverish character who has lost all bearings with reality.
The film also excels, underneath its survival movie attributes, in questioning and challenging the mother-child relationship. It highlights the limits and consequences, and especially how far this relationship can go. In this respect the film is a good surprise and this makes it more interesting than many productions of the same genre.