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Lockout
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Jul 30, 2012 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
James Mather, Stephen St. Leger

Actors:
Guy Pearce
Maggie Grace
Peter Stormare

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In a bid to clear his name after being framed for murder, an ex-CIA operative is sent to rescue the Presidents daughter from an experimental space prison overrun by violent inmates.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
LOCKOUT had a lot of potential. Were seriously due for a balls-to-the-wall John Carpenter-style action adventure flick like this. And if theres a man who can fill Snake Plisskens anti-hero shoes its Guy Pearce, who still has yet to find the right role to deliver on the promise suggested by L.A. CONFIDENTIAL and MEMENTO. This Luc Besson-produced movie seemed to cover all those bases.

As predicted, Pearces Snow is easily the best part of LOCKOUT. Hes rough and tough yet relatably human. Hes irreverent and a smartass, which gives the actor plenty of room to show off his knack for delivering one-liners. And Pearce makes a great action star, taking a beating just as well as he can dish it out. This is exactly the kind of role thats perfect for him and dare I say hes worth the price of admission. Its just a shame the rest of the movie isnt as good as he is.

The main issue is that LOCKOUT is inexplicably PG-13. This is a film just aching to be rated R, with brutal violence, unrestrained cursing and unapologetic grittiness. For Gods sake, its set on a space prison filled with the worlds most violent criminals (made even more savage as a result of hypersleep) and they cant even curse! You can really feel the writers and the actors straining to just go for it, but they cant. And the result feels watered down and not allowed to live up to its potential. The unrated cut seems to add in one or two extra killshots, but nothing a pre-teen couldnt handle.

Of course if a movie is solid in other departments it can still overcome its rating. But LOCKOUT also suffers at the script level. In their bid to go old-school, writer-directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger simply took every action clich, from plot points to lines directly lifted from much better movies, and threw it in a blender. Obviously this is just a loose remake of ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, but it doesnt bring anything new to the table or even copy it that successfully. In fact, its embarrassingly stupid how the story progresses and the banter between Snow and the Presidents daughter is almost unbearable. Its not Pearce or Maggie Graces fault, just the writing.

And for a futuristic action movie, it just feels small; looking like the whole thing was filmed on a few choice sets. With a budget of $20 million thats to be expected, but theres definitely ways to make the most out of what you have and to do it in exciting ways. (See THE RAID.) Things like the anti-gravity fight and the continuous-shot motorcycle chase shouldve been cooler in execution, not just theory. (Not to mention the latter has some of the worst CGI Ive ever seen.)
THE EXTRAS
Breaking in to LOCKOUT (11:07): Cast and crew give some explanation behind the story and the characters, as well as some glimpses in to production.

A Vision of the Future (10:13): Various members of the art and FX department discuss creating future technology, designing the sets and working with green screen. The previz on the uni-bike sequence looks exactly the same as the finished product.

Previews and an UltraViolet Digital Copy are also included.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
LOCKOUT sounded better in theory than it comes off in execution, though Guy Pearces fun anti-hero performance might be enough to recommend watching even if the script and action doesnt deliver.

Extra Tidbit: Peter Stormare should not try a Southern accent again.
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8:49PM on 08/23/2012

Ok Movie

I know exactly what you mean. They should have just made Lock Out an R movie. I know they would like to appeal to a larger demographic but plot was clearly made for more blood guts and cursing. Other than that I dont have too many problems with the movie. I did like how the prison was funded by a deep space exploration company. That part was the most believable in the entire film. After watching a total of two times and I can honestly say save your money and rent it. I liked watching it, but
I know exactly what you mean. They should have just made Lock Out an R movie. I know they would like to appeal to a larger demographic but plot was clearly made for more blood guts and cursing. Other than that I dont have too many problems with the movie. I did like how the prison was funded by a deep space exploration company. That part was the most believable in the entire film. After watching a total of two times and I can honestly say save your money and rent it. I liked watching it, but if I had bought it instead of getting it through the mail with my Blockbuster at Home subscription I would have been pretty made. I love saving money and buying OK movies is not part of the plan.
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