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.
Notice how there is no rating?
I have no idea how to rate this movie.
Normally my standard for "so bad it's good movies" like the Room or Troll 2 is like, 2.5/5, as some default way I've developed to express entertainment value in spite of itself. This is somewhere along that lines, but 2.5/5 would feel like both a gift and a crime, as would any other number.
Lockout is Escape from New York (in my opinion actually, more Escape From LA) in space. This film is quite confident in its awesomeness, but fails in some of the most unusually awesome ways. If Equilibrium is what happens when Hollywood makes a film based on a 12 year old's reaction…
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…
Pulpy in all of the right ways, even though the plot is old hat. But you know, I LIKE old hat sometimes.
Guy Pearce doing his best 80s Kurt Russell? Sold. And where can I sign up for more? Also cool to see Joseph Gilgun doing a slightly more deranged version of his character from Misfits. I'm pretty sure the physics causing the climactic action make no sense and Maggie Grace adds nothing, but the pleasures of this film are many.
Trashy, rushed and incomplete. Sure, the concept is cheesy, but there are highlights of really engaging characters, particularly Guy Pearce's and Joe Gilgun's. This could have delivered something really half-decent if not for the choppy pace (too choppy) and awful script
Thoughts during the movie:
1. I want that "WARNING: OFFENSIVE" shirt that Guy Pearce wears throughout the movie.
2. I want to be able to eat space food at some point in my life.
3. I love the scene where the President is relieved of his duties.
4. I want to be as hilarious as Guy Pearce since I already have the annoying part down.
5. This movie is so predictable that my mom's convinced her daughter is a psychic.
6. Guy Pearce is great but never trust him with your hair.
7. This movie made the concept of space prison really dumb. Dang it.
8. My inner 9-year-old boy is very happy, though.
Ridiculous, stupid fun.
Guy Pearce als Einzelkämpfer beauftragt die Tochter des Präsidenten aus einem Hochsicherheitsgefängnis zu befreien. Dabei kann er ein paar pseudocoole Sprüche ablassen und etwas die Sau rauslassen. Die Action ist eher unspektakulär und die Nebenstory wirkt irgendwie rangepappt. Maggie Grace sieht gut aus aber ihr Schauspiel ist doch arg hölzern.
Unterhält für 90 Minuten. Ist aber 90 Minuten später schon wieder vergessen.
It´s a sad cliche movie
I love prison break movies, but could never really get into Lockout. With these types of movies (e.g. heist, prison break), the writers have a good opportunity to keep the viewer engaged, guessing, and eventually outsmart them. I want it to seem like the writers / director are smarter than me. Unfortunately, Lockout was very predictable and I struggled to make it through the end. The acting was ok at best, and elements of the story just didn't work for me.
Guy Pearce! What were you thinking?!? If I was being kind I would describe Lockout as... horrendous. Some disgustingly bad editing, stick-out-like-a-sore-thumb choppy storytelling and some of the worst uses of special effects I've seen. An awful film that left me shaking my head in disbelief at how bad it was. Miss this.