Luke Thorne’s review published on Letterboxd:
Anna Foerster’s action thriller about a mother who tries to find her abducted daughter. Starring Alison Janney, Jurnee Smollett and Logan Marshall-Green.
The story concerns a young girl (Ridley Bateman) who is taken away in the middle of really, really bad weather. Her mother (Jurnee Smollett) teams up with her enigmatic neighbour (Alison Janney) to set off in search of the abductor. Their adventure will put their boundaries to the test and reveal the dim enigmas of their histories.
Jurnee Smollett and Alison Janney (I, Tonya) both give okay performances in their respective parts as Hannah and the title character, the mother and her secretive neighbour who don’t show a great deal of determination in terms of trying to find Hannah’s daughter when they really should, which is a pity.
Elsewhere, Ridley Bateman is Vee, Hannah’s daughter who isn’t on screen for long, while Logan Marshall-Green doesn’t offer much as Philip and it is not the only problems the movie has.
The direction from Foerster is okay but it should have been better, such as showing more facial expressions to a stronger effect, while also having more of a mixed atmosphere happening as well – this doesn’t occur much.
The script is written to an okay standard by Maggie Cohn and Jack Stanley as it is weak in places and there are scenes that did not need to be in the final edit, so the duration didn’t need to be as long as it was, and the pace is slow.
Overall, Lou is an action thriller which is a disappointment, due to the okay performances, direction, weak script, slow pace and lack of mixed atmosphere and character determination.