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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.
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…
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…
The old schoolish Predatoresque soundtrack and awesomely cheesy oneliners that never seem to stop make this a fairly enjoyable and not all that unusual Luc Besson flick. There really isn't all that much too add - it's a stupid movie and it's perfectly aware of the fact that it's stupid. Yet everyone could use a stupid movie wen they're in a a stupid mood.
I found Guy Pierce surprisingly perfect in an action/adventure sort of way. His sardonic comebacks really worked to establish his fun, tongue in cheek character. This aspect really stood out to me as he made all his wise cracks in such a bright, punchy way compared to the depressing manner of other action heroes. One star just for the fun I had with his comments!
The fact they went to the "effort" of establishing some sort of motivation and character for our two leads really helped as did Pierce's chemistry with Maggie Grace. And I loved the villainous brothers and their twisted relationship.
Everything felt very familiar from the sets to the action but was just different enough to be…
One my favorite sci fi films of all time. A lot of one liners from Pearce but makes this film entertaining, from the mind of besson comes an action flick not to be missed, plus maggie grace is a hottie. Plenty of action with scary villains.
Greatest. Meh. Ever.
Too many films have tried to copy the 'Die hard' style & failed.
This is the one with more success.
"Hilarious" at times.
"God !! WhattheFUCKamiwatching" at times.
Space Jail! See, there's this jail... in space. And there's hostages, and a gruff hero and the president's daughter, and one-liners. And it's awesome!
The film does pretty much everything you'd hope it to with its B-movie premise, and does it very well.
Do. Not. Watch.
Extreme cheese with a script out of a cornflakes box, yet actually really entertaining. Particularly liked Guy Pearce and his funny quips.
I suspect this is one of those movies that flies under the radar, which is a shame, as I think this is a wonderful action film, wonderfully played by Guy Pearce who has all the best lines! Good visual effects and a fun action story nicely delivered with oodles of style and humour too!
This was a fun ride, with Guy Pearce being sassy and a great action hero in this film that is a little bit mixed up about what it really wants to be. It is basically a modern jail break film with the president's daughter caught up, bit like Escape from LA and they send in an unlikely hero who has something else on his mind.
It is a lot of fun and some decent performances, the mad brothers are pretty decent as well, worth seeing.
- 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…