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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 Presidentís daughter from an experimental space prison overrun by violent inmates.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
LOCKOUT had a lot of potential. Weíre seriously due for a balls-to-the-wall John Carpenter-style action adventure flick like this. And if thereís a man who can fill Snake Plisskenís anti-hero shoes itís 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, Pearceís Snow is easily the best part of LOCKOUT. Heís rough and tough yet relatably human. Heís 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 thatís perfect for him and dare I say heís worth the price of admission. Itís just a shame the rest of the movie isnít 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 Godís sake, itís set on a space prison filled with the worldís most violent criminals (made even more savage as a result of hypersleep) and they canít even curse! You can really feel the writers and the actors straining to just go for it, but they canít. 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 couldnít 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 clichť, 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 doesnít bring anything new to the table or even copy it that successfully. In fact, itís embarrassingly stupid how the story progresses and the banter between Snow and the Presidentís daughter is almost unbearable. Itís not Pearce or Maggie Graceís 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 thatís to be expected, but thereís 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 shouldíve been cooler in execution, not just theory. (Not to mention the latter has some of the worst CGI Iíve 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 Pearceís fun anti-hero performance might be enough to recommend watching even if the script and action doesnít 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 ďLock OutĒ 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 donít 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 ďLock OutĒ 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 donít 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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