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Take no prisoners.
Set in the near future, Lockout follows a falsely convicted ex-government agent , whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission of rescuing the President's daughter from rioting convicts at an outer space maximum security prison.
An ounce of Die Hard
Two tablespoons of Escape from New York
Two packets of evil Scotsmen (plain)
A pinch of Mission Impossible
One prime sample of a wise cracking, hilarious Guy Pearce
A touch of Road Runner
Then, stir forcefully and vigorously, until you get an uneven and lumpy mixture.
Bake in the oven for 90 minutes and you get a cake you've eaten before, but which tastes nice enough to satisfy your appetite.
Oh my Holy God.
This god damn movie. What the shit is this? I was recommended this by a coworker. He said "It's stupid, but so much fun". When I go into work on Monday, I am going to kick him in the shins a bunch of times until he explains to me what was fun about this vapid, pathetic nightmare of a film.
Guy Pierce is wrongfully convicted of a murder. A woman goes to visit a big ole' space prison to see if the inmates are being treated well, since they are kept in stasis and it can have a negative impact on their well being. The prisoners riot and she is trapped up there, and guess what?…
"Here's an apple, and a gun, don't talk to strangers, shoot them."
Pretty much exactly what I was expecting, and I was expecting an enjoyable film. The storyline that bookends the film is unesscary and stupid, but apart from that I liked just about everything about the film. Both Guy Pierce and Maggie Grace give solid performances, and they have fairly decent chemistry between them. The CG is pretty low tech, but in a charming way that I appreciate. All in all, it's obvious that everyone involved knew what type of film they were making, and that's something I can appreciate.
Surprisingly solid, "Lockout" is a sci-fi actioner that would have been huge had it been made 20 years ago and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. For better or worse, however, "Lockout" was made in this decade and stars Guy Pearce.
The film has its limitations. Its special effects are substandard and the story falls to pieces in the third act. Overlooking these limitations though, the film offers entertaining, PG13-rated thrills and a charismatic protagonist in Guy Pearce's Snow who manages to electrify the screen with wit and hard scrabble charm. Thanks to Pearce, Maggie Grace, and a bevy of colorful, outer space imates, the overall experience is watchable and fun.
You're a big girl, right? Here's an apple and a gun. Don't talk to strangers, shoot them.
My first instinct before watching this movie was that it's simply Escape From New York in outer-space. After watching it, I can't see how the filmmakers can say it's not. The film's premise isn't the only thing similar, the entire tone of the film including the hero (anti-hero) are similar as well. Having a similar hero though is the best thing about the film because Guy Pearce is playing him. Granted it's his most one dimensional character he's ever done, but he was good at it and I enjoyed his one liners through out the movie.
Guy Pearce really made me want…
Sucker-punched me in right from the opening credits, each of which appears in the empty space vacated by Guy Pearce's head after a hulk (named Rupert) knocks it sideways during an interrogation. For a while, this has the turbo-charged sense of its own ludicrousness that others seem to enjoy in Neveldine/Taylor joints—an abdication of reality that's enhanced, not violated, by the shoddy greenscreen effects. And Pearce makes the best sarcastic, can't-be-bothered action antihero in ages, more than compensating for Maggie Grace's usual vacuity. (I was so happy when "Lost" killed Shannon off.) That archetype went all but extinct decades ago, after multiple Die Hard clones beat it into the ground, and I hadn't realized until now how much I…
Brainless action sci-fi.
Guy Pearce is the good guy. Joseph Gulgun (as in the serie Misfits) is a great character to play the looser. He is extremely stupid and shortsighted and messes everything up, like killing all the hostages. The big bad guy won't kill him though because it is his brother. The movie starts with a bit of a social dilemma; save just the daughter of the president from prison, or all the good guys ? Somewhere the movie forgot it was an issue, skips it alltogether and goes on with some nice action. The action is done fairly well. Nice movie to have seen once.
[...] Zunächst ist das natürlich dem großartigen Guy Pearce geschuldet. Dieser versteht es von Sekunde Eins an seine Figur perfekt zu interpretieren und spielt sie mit einer so übermenschlichen Badassness runter, dass ein Eisberg an ihm zerschellen würde. Das süffisante Grinsen eingefroren, durch nichts aus der Ruhe zu bringen und sichtlich erfreut daran, lieber (auf einem utopisch hohen Level, bereits in Satire abgleitend) Testosteron-triefende über-männliche Sprüche zu kloppen, als mit der Konsequenz zu leben für eben diese Sprüche von einem zwei Meter Gorilla verprügelt zu werden. Seine Figur, namentlich Snow, liefert bereits in den ersten fünf Minuten ein wahres Fest an Knaller-Punchlines. Königlich ironisch nimmt LOCKOUT sich auch im weiteren Verlauf nicht zurück uns effektiv-dämliche Oneliner um die Ohren zu knallen, deren komödiantische Wirkung zumindest an Freunden des gepflegten B-Action-Kinos nicht abprallen kann. Ich habe mich prächtig amüsiert! [...]
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Lockout aka Space Jail aka "Are you a bad enough dude to rescue the President's daughter from space jail?" aka Just Stupid Enough
A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.
Sloppily made sci-fi action drama that hardly thrills; Guy Pearce as an endlessly wisecracking Bruce Willis wannabe is particularly unnerving.
"Ow! (INJECTS) That'll freeze the nerves in this spot for 24 hours. You want some on your mouth? "
Don't expect a cinematic masterpiece when watching this movie, but expect it to be an entertaining empty-headed action sci-fi with Guy Pearce as a purebred John McClane, in an ultra-modern prison in space, who must save the president's daughter. A clichéd kind of Musketeers story with the slogan "One for all, all for one" replaced by "One against all". A well-known and popular story with the hero fighting against a whole horde of scum, just about 500 murderers and rapists who awoke from an artificial nap, and helping a comely damsel in distress. You can safely call it "Die Hard In…
It's cheesy, cliched and entirely implausible, but also extremely fun - full of one liners, and banter, and plot holes, and bad CGI, and fun action sequences. A Luc Besson movie through and through.
A ripoff of the escape from duology? Sure...but better, in my humble opinion
There are some funny lines, but there's no chemistry between the lead actors. Plus there are some weird scientific inaccuracies like jumping out of a space station into the earth's atmosphere. I'm sure if you jump out of a space station, you would just float next to it.
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