Excerpt: Accused of murdering an agent leaking government secrets before stealing them, Snow (Guy Pearce) is sent off to the space station prison MS One where prisoners are kept in stasis to avoid the normal prison tensions. It just so happens that the President's daughter Emilie (Maggie Grace) has been kidnapped when the convicts on MS One escaped, so the CIA calls upon Snow to help them rescue her.
Conclusion: Right from the beginning, the viewer is treated to a crazy one wheeled motorcycle chase scene. I’ve never seen a chase look more CGI-like, especially when one yellow cab flips. If you get past that, and accept it and everything that follows, you’ll find an enjoyable action flick. It’s action, it’s sci-fi and its just the right amount of plot to support the action.
Excerpt: Someone wasn’t thinking when they designed an international space prison for the world’s most ruthless convicts. The facility is self-contained, which seems like mistake one. Although prisoners are kept in a constant state of stasis (you then wonder why they need so many guards), there are no back-up controls. Once the hull of the facility is breached, it’s over. Inmates run amok.
Excerpt: The Film The cover of Lockout suggest this one is " Die Hard meets Blade Runner ," but actually it is a little bit Die Hard (in a space prison), a little bit Demolition Man , a little bit Escape From New York and just a tiny bit Blade Runner . While the credits may suggest "an original story by Luc Besson," it is actually as original as the aforementioned description suggests.
Conclusion: 'Lockout' felt like it had guilty pleasure written all over it, so I was disappointed I was so bored much of the time, not by the look of the movie or its explosion-filled sound design, but by Pearce's lackadaisical take on his character. He lacked the charisma he's shown he's capable of in other movies. Without a main character to love, the rest of the movie falls by the wayside. At least it has very capable video and great audio to keep you company.
Summary: It seems as if there's been a shortage of good, big-budget, big-studio Sci-Fi Action films of late. It's nice to see the genre return to the big screen and in a big way in Lockout , Luc Besson's ( The Fifth Element ) brainchild story of a wrongly-accused convict sent to an orbiting space station to rescue the President's daughter from inmates who have taken control of the installation.
Excerpt: Early on in Lockout , a team of special forces know-it-alls are debating how to solve a very particular kind of hostage crisis, in which the President's daughter is trapped in a jail that's in the middle of a mutiny, and that jail happens to be in space. The men are debating all kinds of solutions, SWAT teams and bombs and all that, until one particularly smart one pauses and says "Or… we could send in… one man.
Excerpt: For years after Die Hard set the template for modern action movies—predominantly single location, pitting tough and often irreverent loose cannon against a pack of sneering Euro-terrorists or gangsters—the “ Die Hard in a” subgenre thrived: on a plane ( Air Force One ), a boat ( Under Siege ), and a hockey rink ( Sudden Death ) before the related “ Speed but with a” sub-subgenre took over, and Cuba Gooding Jr.