At its core, ‘Lou’ is a simple cat-and-mouse caper, but in the hands of director Anna Foerster and a solid cast—including Allison Janney, Jurnee Smollett, and Logan Marshall-Green—it rises above expectations to arrive as a sufficiently white-knuckle thriller. It’s not often that a 60-year-old woman leads the show in a gritty actioner, but Janney proves she’s just as capable as anyone, in a raw, unflinching performance. It may seem like a silly little Netflix throwaway, but ‘Lou’ is anything but.

4/5 stars