Sometimes a movie gets elevated by the most unexpected elements, raising it above mediocrity and convention because one person dared to think differently. Action thriller Lou, which hits Netflix on Sept 23, carries just such an ace up its sleeve.
At first glance, this co-production from Netflix and Bad Robot only seems to have two committed performances from Jurnee Smollett (Lovecraft Country) and Allison Janney (I, Tonya) propping it up. In the title role, Janney is hard as nails, somber as the grave, and attached to nobody save her mangy dog Jacks. In the other corner sits Smollett’s Hannah, who carries the scars of domestic abuse, and harbors bitter bereavement for her deceased husband Phillip (Logan Marshall-Green).