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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.
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…
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…
I so wanted this to be Escape From New York in Space. Alas, it's just middle of the road, less than. I like the Scottish accents though.
Luc Besson is a fantastic writer but film makers fuck with his stories.
Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na space jail.
Eh, it's okay - would watch again.
I have two parallel ratings systems — serious and good-bad. Guess which one this is.
Pearce is, frankly, amazing as the asshole wisecracking badass and singlehandedly makes this a compelling flick. Give this Guy more work, Hollywood — he deserves better than a French-Serbian-Irish production with video-game level CG cutscenes.
Space Jail doesn't make a lot of sense and the actual space prison and space stations and space "physics" are absurd. The level of automation appears to be completely arbitrary and plot-driven, wherein critical systems must be manned or don't exist but totally unnecessary things — like external Star Wars defence cannons on a space prison — simply require the push of a giant red button.
BUT THIS IS WHY…
- The technology doesn't make any sense.
- The prison design doesn't make any sense.
(For starters: What kind of prison has more weapons/security facing OUT than IN?)
- The character motivations don't make any sense.
- The action scenes don't make any sense.
I do have to admit that I found the film quite entertaining at times anyway, though only because I had someone with which to loudly complain and laugh for every time there was a "WHY DOES___?" moment (of which there are many).
The wisecracking Guy Pearce is great; he gives the film this not-so-serious, comedic feel, almost making it all work. Almost.
While I don't normally have much of a feminist lens, I also just can…
"Lockout" is a movie by a studio that decided to make a script by throwing the scripts of past blockbusters into a barrel and grabbing chunks randomly until there was a unfinished script to film. At times the movie has a brush of the feeling of a good summer blockbuster movie but trades it for over the top action that seems cartoon like in a movie that demands realism. Guy Pierce is great as the hero but with dialog that goes on to long, the hero is a bit too dis- interested in the happenings around him. Mix that in with some quick editing, useless over the top violence, and yet another sci-fi movie race against the big bang at the end, and you have a missed opportunity. The idea of John McClane in space is great if only it was done a bit better.
A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.
I was tired when I got home from work so just wanted to put on something that is entertaining and requires little brain power, as I hadn't watched Lockout since buying it, it fit the bill perfectly.
Lockout is so entertaining, mainly due to the fact that Guy Pearce goes all in with his Snow character that very much resembles Snake Plisskin. Some of his one liners are wonderfully stupid. I enjoyed his chemistry with Maggie Grace, now to be honest she is a pretty bad actress but they work well together and for the first third she looks gorgeous.
It was fun seeing Joseph Gilgun from This Is England and a couple of UK soaps playing an unhinged maniac.
The perfect turn your brain off romp.
The main character is reminiscent of Chris Pratt in his role as Star Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy. He's a playful, sarcastic shit disturber who tends to play out the rascal scamp characteristics in an air of cocky confidence.
Cool concept for a prison break/prison riot film with a twist, decent pacing through out the film.
You know what I mean - sci-fi films that are sort of a bit grim and dank and unshowy and…