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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.
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…
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…
Give Riddick the personality of a burnt out Tony Stark and put him on a space station.
One star for badass Joseph Gilgun being Rudy! The rest ... well ... even talking about it would be a waste of time.
A good cast, a nice idea, but an aweful script and directing. It never feels like that there are real problems for the characters... Problematic for a claustrophobic thriller. And the film has some of the worst CGIs ever... It's like a bad Playstation 2-game.
Thx to Guy Pearce and his one-liners enjoyable if you like prison-films.
This is basically "Taken"... In Space.
Incredibly dumb but pretty and overall fairly entertaining. At times (especially near the beginning) it's actually funny, both in action and one-liners, but eventually the utter enormousness and amount of plot logic holes tend to... grate a bit. Hell, you could write a small novel just explaining everything that's unrealistic and stupid here. Maybe even a medium-sized one.
The visual design is great though. I thoroughly love the dystopian Aliens/Dredd vibe. Guy Pearce is actually doing an excellent job channeling a young John McClane. I have to mention that I have an intense dislike of Maggie Grace's face, but she's doing an okay job here, saved by some weird spy-novel turn-around at the end.
Now that I mention it, there…
Honest enough about what it is to put the phrase "Die Hard in space" on the DVD case, this flick is lifted out of the realms of Generic Sci-Fi Actioner into the realms of Fun Sci-Fi Actioner solely through the performances of the leads.
Guy Pearce wisecracks his way through the film in a manner that Bruce Willis and Robert Downey Jr would be proud of. Peter Stormare does what he always does, Maggie Grace gives her very best feisty damsel in-not-quite-so-much-distress routine, whilst Regan and Gilgun turn in engaging turns as different types of villain.
Stupid, stupid, fun!
Locke Takes Excerpts Out of His Old Reviews On His Old Blog.
Mainstream critics can seemingly never appreciate a movie on simple entertainment levels - it's hard to articulate what I mean because I'm not talking about so bad it's good territory but more just middle of the road stuff. Y'know? Films that aren't really all that good but films that aren't all that bad either. Critics just don't seem to like films which set out to entertain without the intention of achieving anything else.
I say I'm a fan of 'bad movies' but I think I actually throw the term 'bad movie' around a little too easily, a lot of 'schlock cinema' achieves what it sets out to do,…
The opening interrogation of Guy Pearce is just wonderful.
- 21 Grams
- Johnny Got His Gun
- The Ugly Swans
- The Hidden
- Stone Cold
- Samurai Fiction
- Alien: Resurrection
You know what I mean - sci-fi films that are sort of a bit grim and dank and unshowy and…