Lets not beat around the bush here, Lockout is great fun. It is clearly not trying to take itself too seriously and right from the outset is filled with nods towards Tony Scott's Last Boy Scout, Die Hard and even later on in the film The West Wing and Star Wars. Whilst this may sound like a strange combination, in fact Besson (who was credited with the original "idea") dishes up one hell of a ride with a script full of clinical one liners, some impressive fight scenes and just huge amounts of fun.
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I first came across Killer Elite whilst scrolling through the rental screen on iTunes looking for something to fill a couple of hours with. The reviews talked about ‘a thinking man’s action film’ inspired by “The Feather Men” a book by British legend Ranulph Fiennes. The cast also included Jason Statham, Clive Owen and none other than Robert De Niro. It was a tempting package so I excitedly clicked on rent now. 10 minutes later I knew I had made…