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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 have to go with Filmspotting here... Prison in Space!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I watched this movie a while ago and all I can remember is Guy Pearce being a dick and shooting dudes. I think that warrants 2.5 stars and a slight recommendation.
remember seeing the trailers for this before it came out and being excited but then I completely forgot about it. glad i rediscovered it as it was class. obviously never going to an award winning film but it does exactly what it says on the tin and is a better Die Hard movie than any of the actual films past With a Vengeance. lead is so good, i love a one liner
heartily enjoyable thanks to a guy pearce performance that harks back to the sarcastic, wise cracking, couldn't care less anti hero when the character actually felt fresh and was actually funny. plus it's a space jail? and joe gilgun contorts about as a scottish psychopath, delivering a performance that if there were any justice in this pitiful world, would have been nominated for every award available. plus a jail in space? i can dig it
El ultimo boy scout, Busqueda implacable, La Fortaleza... mezclado divertidamente con un poco de anime, da como resulta esta pelicula que, funciona para pasar el rato.
A really rough first draft of what could be a really fun b-movie movie. It understands its a video game era version of DIE HARD meets ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. Guy Pearce and Lennie James do a good job of bringing some life to some cliche characters. Maggie Grace isn't very good, but she's given an unplayable character who makes stupid decisions for the sake of keeping the movie going. And while the dynamic among the two lead convicts are good, every other convict is just as stupid or just as smart as the script requires them to be at the moment.
One of the better movies to come off of Luc Besson's action movie assembly line. Sure, it suffers from most of the same problems as the others: some shoddy CGI, innumerable cliches, complete disregard for logic, etc. But that hardly matters because 1) Guy Pearce totally owns the anti-hero routine and 2) "Lockout" has a fun personality and energy all its own.
Worse than mindless. Has its moments but it's pretty painful to watch.
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You know what I mean - sci-fi films that are sort of a bit grim and dank and unshowy and…