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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…
I'm aware the movie doesn't have officially this high rating but for some reason I loved it. Maybe it's because it was the right movie for my mood that night or simply Guy Pearce being a sarcastic badass. Maggie Grace likewise, I liked her in this one. And bonus for the fans of Misfits tv series, 'Rudy' is being himself on a slightly bigger level of psychopath. I'm not saying it's a cinematic masterpiece but it was a fun and exciting watch.
When I first saw this one on Netflix and saw that it was a screenplay written by Luc Besson, I was pretty pumped. Besson best known for The Fifth Element and The Transporter movies is a favourite of mine and I was instantly pumped to see this movie. This is where things get a bit confusing for me. If you ask me the question.. Did you like this movie? I would have to answer yes but only on a purely "turn your brain off" popcorn film sort of way. If you asked me.. Was this a good Movie? Then I would say no not really. I found the main story line extremely weak and a as a whole the film…
LOCKOUT is based on a story by Luc Besson, a man whose name is becoming less and less meaningful as the years go by. Still Besson did give us LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL, THE FIFTH ELEMENT, and LE FEMME NIKITA but beyond that his work has been spotty at best. LOCKOUT is one of those spotty ventures. That being said, Besson did not direct this the filmmaking team of Saint and Mather did. A handsome looking production with a halfway decent story and some good performances from the leads but ultimately it just doesn't satisfy. Guy Pearce is a federal agent set up for murder and for treason. He is set to be sent off to a maximum security prison in…
Oh, Guy Pearce. What are you doing in this absolute flop? Lockout has a lot of potential with its cast and its premise, but it doesn't nearly live up to it.
An ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK/LA rip-off is permissible when it's this entertaining. Guy Pearce is a great (and massively underrated) actor, but SPACE JAIL makes a good case for him sticking with wise-ass action roles.
I honestly had no idea how I would review this film. I had to watch the film twice. Have you ever been stumped by a film because you weren't sure if you liked it or not? It confused me because there is one standout about this film that threw me or a loop. I've had multiple arguments about this movie with my film fan friends.
Lockout is that movie. This B action film from Luc Besson, producer of Taken & The Fifth Element, is in the vein of Die Hard and Escape From New York. But the film plays out more Escape From New York than anything. And the thing that stumped me was the performance by Guy Pearce will blow…
Billed as Die Hard in space, Guy Pearce bulks up as a government agent accused of murder but given the chance of a reprieve if he rescues the president's daughter (Maggie Grace) from a high security prison orbiting earth. It tries its best to be fun and witty but, apart from a few one liners, the script is rather limp and lame. Pearce and Grace have decent chemistry but they can't stop this sci-fi action thriller from falling into the mediocre category.
A Review Haiku
Escape from Space Jail.
‘Bout those conjugal visits…
They in Zero G?
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You know what I mean - sci-fi films that are sort of a bit grim and dank and unshowy and…