borrows a lot from other science fiction films. It is like a remake of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK in some ways. Guy Pearce is the
likeable jerk as ex-CIA agent Snow who is jailed for a crime he didn't do. He is given the chance to rescue the President's
daughter (Maggie Grace) when she becomes trapped on the outer space Super Max prison known as MS-One. One of the criminals
gets hold of a gun and the prison is soon overrun by unthawed prisoners who have been in stasis. Despite the logic holes in
the script, Guy Pearce mostly holds together this film. Snow (Guy Pearce) is a rogue who cares and will get the job done.
He just has to face off against some very dangerous bad guys. MS-One has to be one of the worst maximum security prisons with
no safeguards to prevent the bad guys from running over the place and I don't understand why the bad guys so easily wake from
stasis when they are freed from their stasis containers.
is full of plenty of bad plot bunnies that require you to leave your brain at the door and just enjoy Guy Pearce's performance
as Snow. I don't know how Luc Besson let such a weak script get produced when he has produced and co-written better films.
The film does feature some good actors and some good use of special effects, but I wish they focused on writing a better script
before filming it in Belgrade, the capitol of Serbia. Then I don't see the point
of a big space fighter assault on MS-One at the climax of the film plus the action scenes are plagued by shaky camera action
fights and cardboard stereotypical bad guys. The bad guys are pretty two dimensional and not the types you would love to hate.
You are happy when they are gone. LOCKOUT could have been so much fun and been filled with many interesting characters and
situations, but instead we get some great scenes with Guy Pearce while the rest of it is pretty crappy. Rent it. The only difference between the PG-13 theatrical
version and the unrated edition is they inserted all of the R rated violence back into the film. The CG visual effects sometime look extremely good on the Blu-ray.
INTO LOCKOUT- a making-of featurette that has interviews with cast and crew about the movie
OF THE FUTURE- this featurette looks at the production design and visual effects, and how the practical sets were extended
via green screen (and CGI).
ANALYSIS: LOCKOUT is fun in a B movie type of way and only the performances from
the characters keeps it somewhat grounded and prevents it from being a total waste of time.
Rent it. Buy it if you like sci-fi B movies or a fan of Guy Pearce or
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