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.
"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.
Notice how there is no rating?
I have no idea how to rate this movie.
Normally my standard for "so bad it's good movies" like the Room or Troll 2 is like, 2.5/5, as some default way I've developed to express entertainment value in spite of itself. This is somewhere along that lines, but 2.5/5 would feel like both a gift and a crime, as would any other number.
Lockout is Escape from New York (in my opinion actually, more Escape From LA) in space. This film is quite confident in its awesomeness, but fails in some of the most unusually awesome ways. If Equilibrium is what happens when Hollywood makes a film based on a 12 year old's reaction…
All the prisoners are on the moon and the presidents daughter is there to investigate. Surprise, surprise all the prisoners escape and a "witty" action hero has to save the presidents daughter. The premise of a massive moon prison is one that could have been very interesting but this movie just falls flat.
It's an 80's throwback but the problem is that for me the 80's was not a great decade for anything really, obviously there are some great things to come out, but most of the generic stuff was, well, generic. This fits that timeline though, there's bad special effects, bad acting, cringe-worthy dialog and a wise-cracking hero who mouths off and doesn't play by the rules. What this…
Looking for something blissfully daft after a 12-hour work day, knew I'd hit the jackpot in the first minute when Guy Pearce, as a prisoner under interrogation, puffs on a cigarette, makes a smartass remark, gets punched so hard that he topples out of frame - then re-emerges seconds later with his cigarette cartoonishly bent at an angle! (Thank you, Luc Besson Factory.) Pearce is "a lot of trousers, okay?", the rest is flashing lights, vertiginous cutting, a ticking time-bomb and a high body-count. Just what I needed.
This was a fun surprise. The main reason this was so fun was Guy Pearce who, as always, was fantastic. He oozed charisma and kicked ass. Maggie Grace proves again why she can't act, but I liked her relationship with Pearce's character and it worked. Would have worked better if she could act, but I digress. I also liked the action in this even though the CGI looked terrible and there were some pretty funny moments. Have you seen much of this film before in better films? Yes. Is it a good film? No, but it's a fun film mainly thanks to Pearce's performance. Just a really fun popcorn flick.
(Escape From New York + Fortress) x Space
Space jail! Incredibly stupid, but it's a fun "good-bad" movie.
I swear that the alarm sound early in the film is the exact same one as the ubiquitous iPhone alarm ring tone.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Worth watching? I like Guy Pearce, but unfortunately, this one is a resounding...
Really, all you need to know about the stupidity of this film is a brief description of the pivotal scene in which all the prisoners escape.
Inside the space prison, the president's daughter is talking to a convict. They're separated by a wall of glass, and there's a guard on each side... because apparently two guards is all you need to protect the president's daughter. The convict manages to get his hands on the guard's gun. The guard on the other side then SHOOTS AT THE CONVICT THROUGH THE GLASS for some reason, shattering the bulletproof glass and putting the president's daughter in danger. In…
Must remember 'Never judge a movie by it's trailer!'
Here's hoping Guy Pearce in space becomes the new Liam Neeson in Europe.
Outrageous, raucous, illogical man schlock held together (barely) by Guy Pearce's empathetic badass Snow, 'Lockout' (aka Space Prison, a Prison in Space) has no meaning, unimaginative camerawork, nor very many original ideas...but is fun as hell.
Loud, brash and a lot of fun. Don't take it too seriously, I'm sure the film makers wouldn't want you to either!