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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.
Great fun with a cocky action hero in Guy Pearce, a gorgeous Maggie Grace (until she gets a hair cut) and a spot on scottish pyscho by Woody from This is England. Why isnt this guy a bigger star?
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…
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?
80s, 80s, 80s. That is what the movie is made of, 80s action movies. It has got awful videogamey feel to it (the nut villain, the overall look of it). Gunplay lacks a lot.
Another solid performance from Guy Pearce. With a bigger budget this could have been something really special. It's just let down too often by cutting corners. Joseph Gilgun steals every scene he's in.
Very silly, Guy Pearce is having loads of fun and would be a genuinely good choice of actor to start his own line of Liam Neeson type thrillers. It gets a bit tiresome towards the end but as a silly action flick its good fun.
Any film that starts with the protagonist being repeatedly punched in the face, whilst dishing out one liners, by a guy called Rupert is always going to be good! And this film can definitely be described as that.
Agent Snow (I wont divulge his first name as that's a treat for you later in the movie) is about to be sent to prison for a crime he didn't commit.
Just as this is about to happen, the presidents daughter, Maggie Grace just so happens to be visiting a maximum security prison located in space, when a mass breakout occurs. This results in a choice for Snow (a rather gifted agent), go get her or go to jail.
He goes to…
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You know what I mean - sci-fi films that are sort of a bit grim and dank and unshowy and…