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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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
There is something mesmerizing about the protagonist on his own inside a megastructure and being pitted against an army of maniacs. Movies like Dredd & The Raid also do this very well. Highly recommended for watching on a lazy saturday morning. Guy pearce is excellent.
This is a movie with a lone man vs. a criminal army like Die Hard, but it's in space, and it's written by the guy who did the Fifth Element. That should be a perfect storm of awesome, right? Well, not quite. The potential on this film was through the roof, I just wish it had lived up to that potential. I did enjoy some aspects of this film. It had a nice look, and a decent plot line, so I don't want it to seem like I'm doing nothing but bashing it. I think, perhaps this was just a case where I allowed my expectations to rise too high and the movie couldn't meet them. I loved the world…
You’d think Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace running around trying to escape a space prison and being sassy with each other could make for a fun movie. It sounds fun! It’s not though.
"Oh, you don't have to do that. A simple "thank you" is enough."
I guess I was wrong when claiming that "Con Air" was the last true 80's action movie because "Lockout" fits that bill easily as well.
Guy Pearce plays the ex-government agent Snow who gets convincted for a crime he didn't commit. His only chance to get pardoned is going on a "Escape from New York" styled rescue mission that also has big strains of "Die Hard" DNA.
From the opening interrogation with Snow knee deep in shit to the end of the movie basically every single line by Guy Pearce is a one liner. "Con Air" was great at that but Pearce enters John Matrix levels here,…
Think that movies these days don't have enough Guy Pierce? This movie has enough Guy Pierce.
It simply delivers the dumb, fun time it promises. It's nothing particularly memorable, but if you want a swift, dopey 90 minutes of a begrudging, wise-cracking anti-hero saving the President's daughter from criminals in space-prison, well this is a pretty entertaining swift, dopey 90 minutes of a begrudging, wise-cracking anti-hero saving the President's daughter from criminals in space-prison.
This film is a bit mad, but I like it. Right, so, Guy Pearce is Snow, a man with no first name, no past and no future. All we know is that he is suspected of killing his friend, a man who worked for the government and they think that he knows where a briefcase of valuable information is stored (he doesn't know, but he looks super cool anyway). Once arrested and after being hit by a thug called Rupert, the government want to send him to a penal colony, in space. Still with me? Good. The only snag is that the President's daughter is already in this colony, trying to be a humanitarian worker and there's about to be a breakout of stark raving mad prisoners. Guess who gets sent up into space to rescue the President's daughter? You got it. It's bit a like The Fifth Element, Aliens and Blade Runner.
Apart from the Guy Pearce one-liners, this is a forgettable movie with thin and unnecessarily "complex" plot and shitty villains that didn't really need to be a science-fiction.
- The Hidden
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- Samurai Fiction
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- Johnny Got His Gun
- The Ugly Swans
- Alien: Resurrection
You know what I mean - sci-fi films that are sort of a bit grim and dank and unshowy and…