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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…
Listen man, It's Die Hard on a space prison. It's dumb as hell, but it's entertaining.
AKA John Carpenter's Escape from Space, starring Guy Pierce as Snow Plisskin.
Guy Pierce, you did "Memento", please tell me why are you wasting your talents in such a poor movie?
Take out that really horrible CG chase scene in the beginning, and you've got a fun little B-movie worthy of the Sci-Fi channel.
Fancied an easy watch, Lockout won. And I didn't regret my choice - I think this is such a fun film, Guy Pearce is great as the snarky reluctant hero. I like the patter he has with Maggie Grace and there's a good amount of solid action.
Yeah sure it's basically a "Die Hard in space", but sod it, it works nicely. And yes I'm not even bothered by the weird super stylised bike chase early on in the film.
Campfest with baffling CGI decisions and nonsense script, but quippy dialogue.
Brainless action sci-fi.
Guy Pearce is the good guy. Joseph Gulgun (as in the serie Misfits) is a great character to play the looser. He is extremely stupid and shortsighted and messes everything up, like killing all the hostages. The big bad guy won't kill him though because it is his brother. The movie starts with a bit of a social dilemma; save just the daughter of the president from prison, or all the good guys ? Somewhere the movie forgot it was an issue, skips it alltogether and goes on with some nice action. The action is done fairly well. Nice movie to have seen once.
[...] Zunächst ist das natürlich dem großartigen Guy Pearce geschuldet. Dieser versteht es von Sekunde Eins an seine Figur perfekt zu interpretieren und spielt sie mit einer so übermenschlichen Badassness runter, dass ein Eisberg an ihm zerschellen würde. Das süffisante Grinsen eingefroren, durch nichts aus der Ruhe zu bringen und sichtlich erfreut daran, lieber (auf einem utopisch hohen Level, bereits in Satire abgleitend) Testosteron-triefende über-männliche Sprüche zu kloppen, als mit der Konsequenz zu leben für eben diese Sprüche von einem zwei Meter Gorilla verprügelt zu werden. Seine Figur, namentlich Snow, liefert bereits in den ersten fünf Minuten ein wahres Fest an Knaller-Punchlines. Königlich ironisch nimmt LOCKOUT sich auch im weiteren Verlauf nicht zurück uns effektiv-dämliche Oneliner um die Ohren zu knallen, deren komödiantische Wirkung zumindest an Freunden des gepflegten B-Action-Kinos nicht abprallen kann. Ich habe mich prächtig amüsiert! [...]
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