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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…
Lockout is a really fun sci-fi action film with an innovative concept.
AKA Space Jail, AKA Die Hard in Space. Luc Besson’s movies’ mix of violence and light comedy almost never work for me. But in Space Jail, Guy Pearce is an absolute one-liner machine, a relentless quip monster, who delivers every line, good or bad, with total commitment, and—I’ll admit it—I was charmed. This movie also benefited from reduced expectations: the cheesy CGI in the chase scene in the beginning was sub-Tron level, promising nothing but cheap thrills at best. And that’s what we get: Die Hard In Outer Space with a hyper-quippy John McLain and a cast of ridiculously over the top bad guys, not a restrained performer among them.
Lockout is a bit of a comfort film for me. It's a stupid fun film that I can watch it while eating shitty food after a long day. I know it's not a great film - but it doesn't ask me to do any logic leaps so I know it's not trying to be smart. All it asks of me, is to accept that certain people who drive the plot are dumb - I know dumb people so that works.
It's on the same level as Doomsday and Dredd but it doesn't reach the level of over the top action absurdity - but it can still hang out with them and hold its own.
You're a big girl, right? Here's…
Decepcionante es poco.
He visto diecisiete minutos.
A los siete minutos ya me había encontrado con siete fallos.
Y no es que no me gusten este tipo de películas, me encantan, pero esta no.
Had to stop watching this tripe as I couldn't bear anymore of Guy Pearce's sarcasm. Who wrote this script?
The Scottish guys put in surprisingly decent performances.
Ghastly, but not unappealingly so.
"You're not a very popular man are you"
"I don't know, ask your wife"
Really wanted to like this
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