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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…
A totally bland and generic action movie. I'm a fan of Guy Pearce (the main reason I watched this) but he didn't do anything at all interesting with his character and Maggie Grace was just... fine. Also contains a chase scene with awful CGI that genuinely could have come from a PS2 game. I will admit though that if you're looking for a mindless action film you could do a lot worse.
Features English/Australian actor Guy Pierce speaking in an American accent, Swedish actor Peter Stormare speaking in an American accent, English actor Lennie James speaking in an American accent. I think you know where I'm going with this.
6/10: Based on Luc Besson's original idea, as a sci-fi fan, the story is great, effects are well done (except the chase scene in the beginning), it's overall good late night entertainment. Suitable for people who can switch off and enjoy a bit of brainless fun.
The film seemed to me as smug as Pearce's character did to Grace's.
My review -- this film is now at Hollywood cinema, Wow what can I say, I have chosen to be professional and polite this film was not my cup of tea. I have seen similar films of this nature done much much better. The storyline begins in a very awkward and very disjointed fashion, it in fact took me at least a good 10 to 15 minutes to discover and get comfortable with the storyline. Because I have not said this in a very long time, it is about time for me to mention it again -- I do not mention too much about storylines, just because I encourage people to go to the cinema. So with that being said…
Saw this at home after an unexpectedly long day at work... I am pooped and this is the first film I have seen this month. This is that time of semester, though!
Luc Besson idea in space... not the best, but I do like my Besson and it was fun and it cut away all the unnecessary stuff in the fun way Besson so often does.
Need I mention Guy Pierce plays sort of lovable jackass?
Guy Pearce is having so much fun in this movie that it's almost impossible to dislike his character and, in fact, the movie. It's incoherent and pretty terrible in places but actually some of the action is OK and the relationship of the two main characters is likeable. With a slightly bigger budget and some more coherent writing it could actually have been pretty good.
A fun little B-movie from Luc Besson's deranged mind.
The action is almost relentless and they made the interesting decision to make the lead speak entirely in quips.
This could have been terrible. It is, however, pretty good fun. A good Saturday night in.
Noir disguised as a sci-fi action movie. Not especially good noir, but that slightly noir sensibility - tough guy, tough dame, hard-bitten one-liners, double dealing, hidden agendas, outlandish goons - is what makes "Lockout" bearable.
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