Locked Up (2004)
TLA Releasing / Year: 2004
|Streaming||Duration: 7 days||$3.99|
TLA Releasing / Year: 2004
|Streaming||Duration: 7 days||$3.99|
From Jörg Andreas of Cazzo Films, comes this highly erotic, inter-racial prison romance. The hardcore version - called In the Hole (aka Eingelocht) - is available on our gay site.
Shot almost entirely in an abandoned Eastern German prison, Locked Up is a full-blown prisoner romance featuring lots of nudity and plenty of studs in (and out of) prison garb. The incredibly adorable Dennis (Schlutt) is sent to prison after he's caught using fraudulent credit cards. He's reticent to get involved with the low-life drug dealers on his cell-block, but there seems little choice - it's either that or rape. Getting tired of pacing his cell, he looks out the window as a hunky black man is digging a hole in the ground. Our hole-digger, Mike (Sale) is on another block and he's instantly attracted to the adorable Dennis and who wouldn't be? They manage to hook up during recreation period and their first kiss scares Dennis off, but he goes back for more. What kind of prison is this? There are voyeuristic gay guards (inspired by Genet's Un Chant D'Amour,) a punk who likes to be spit on and the warden entertain requests for lovers to room together! With plenty of sexual energy between the two leads, their romance develops through motherly visits, drug deals and a nasty prison rape scene. Locked Up is an enjoyably romantic and erotic debut non-adult film from Jörg Andreas. (German with English subtitles)
-- Scott Cranin
chromoman wrote on 02/20/2014:
So much about this movie is laughable. I was particularly amused by the "American" prisoner character's British accent. If your actor can't do an American accent, why not just say that the character is British? Very little of what happens in this movie is the least bit plausible. As many other reviewers have commented, this a sex film with almost all of the sex removed. Thus, it is being promoted as a "prison love story." Ahem. From the wee bit that can be seen in the extra "Deleted Scenes", we haven't missed too much, anyway. I must say that what we do see of Marcel Schlutt is very easy on the eye, indeed. And unlike most of the rest of the cast, he is a decent actor, to boot. I recommend that you check him out, but in some other movie.
Amos Lassen wrote on 02/20/2011:
A Different Kind of Love Story
“Locked Up” (TLA Releasing) is a tender and provocative love story. Filmed in a real prison the film is very entertaining. The two stars are excellent actors and the script is quite good even though the ending is quite unbelievable. Some of the scenes are so graphic that the film is very close to porn—there is a great deal of nudity and a real masturbation sequence and an extremely graphic rape scene which many may find as unacceptable but it is necessary to the story.
This is a film that many people will condemn; it is not for the weak or the homophobic but in the end it is really quite charming. Made in Germany in 2004 ad directed by Jorg Andreas it is a story of love in prison. It is a bit unbelievable in that two gay guys share a cell. Marcel Schlutt is a gay man playing a gay man on the screen and he is very, very believable. His black lover, Mike Seal, brings a breath of fresh air into the film. Their sex scenes together are highly provocative.
The company that made the movie is primarily known for making gay porn and that shows in the meager dialog between the two men. Porn actors rarely have important lines to say. The dialog, hence, at times, seems to be quite funny. Unlike the banality of many gay romantic movies, “Locked Up” is a step above.
We first meet Dennis (Schlutt) as he is being stripped and brought into a quite dreary German prison. What we see are hunky, burly prison guards who seemed to be fueled with raging hormones and skinny prisoners who are obviously servants to their stronger “husbands”. There is a frightening and hair raising shower scene and the guards seem to have no concern for the condition of the prisoners. Dennis learns to adapt quickly to prison life and discovers Mike with whom e shares a deep love,
The problem I had with the film is trying to understand its tone. While Dennis and Mike play out their love affair with seemingly real emotions, it is hard to imagine that they can exist in prison as young lovers do on the outside. They seem to be like petulant adolescents. When a guard separates them after they have shared a romantic interlude, Mike tells him that the (the guard) cannot keep them apart. It sounded how one would expect a young girl would speak to her parents after being caught kissing her boyfriend.
The characters reach no more than one dimension. What is really imprisoning the cast are the limitations of the script. This is why the ending seems not to fit.
Aside from the two leads, the rest of the acting is terrible unless you look at the movie as porn. For porn actors, the cast is outstanding but as serious actors, they have a long way to go.
The movie seems to be testing just how far it can go and in this it succeeds. It is a movie for those who like innovative, independent filmmaking. All of the standard ingredients for a prison movie are here and thrown into is a gay romance. The plot shifts between
brutal realism and romantic fantasy and there is a lot of eye candy to see. It is, however, the two star actors that save the film. Some of the things that you will see will make you uncomfortable and the horrific rape scene is not for the ill at ease. Yet the tender love story makes the film worth a look or two and the real sex scenes give the film a novel quality.
GERADnFL wrote on 07/15/2008:
i saw the original uncut version years back and thought that is waht i was geting but instead got this poorly edited cut to mangled dvd it brings tears to my eyes what was done in the cuts to this film . so don't hate this version hate the people the mangled it .
JSB wrote on 03/16/2007:
I went to see this film b/c it was in German and looked interesting, but my friend and I were both appalled by how bad it was. It's very flimsy material, poorly acted, the guy who "likes" to be spit on doesn't like it, and there's some nasty violence that's not sexy or relevant here. I'm amazed that anyone has liked this film, which felt like the script was written by a deranged 15 y.o. gay person struggling not to dislike himself and being gay.
It's not a story and it's not good enough to be porn, although it comes close to trying to be bad porn.
getreal wrote on 06/14/2006:
This is a pretentiously bad movie that is pretending NOT to be a porno, when it has no real aspirations to be anything else. The majority of the cast is extremely limited in ability, and the "American" lead is a particularly bad actor (apparently simply being black makes one "hard"). What chemistry there was between the leads seems, at best, one-sided. The (uncut version of the) sex scene is mildly hot but felt obligatory. The film thinks it's an "art" film, but it is far from it. You'd be better off getting a real art film, or a real porno. This film exists in some dull limbo between the two.
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