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Review: Lockout

Lockout
Apr. 11, 2012by:
7 10

PLOT: Sixty years in the future, a sardonic ex- special agent- Snow (Guy Pearce) is framed for treason, but before he can start his thirty-year sentence on MS-One, a supermax prison orbiting the Earth, the presidentís daughter (Maggie Grace) is taken hostage by escaped inmates, whoíve seized control. His mission: get the girl off MS-One.

REVIEW: LOCKOUT feels like a relic from the nineties, and I mean that in the best way possible. So did TAKEN and that rocked. I miss old-school, middle of the road action movies, which we got by the barrel-full back in the eighties and nineties, but now are getting rarer and rarer on the big-screen. Luckily, Luc Bessonís EuropaCorp is still around to satiate the appetites of action junkies such as myself, and on that level LOCKOUT is a whole lot of fun.

Granted, itís relatively low-rent, who cares? Not every action flick has to cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and itís great to see an actor like Guy Pearce, whoís about as reliable as they come, get a rare chance to play the lead in an action film. Having been around for a while, Pearce fits the ďbeen-around-the-blockĒ, super-cynical part of Snow to a tee. At forty-five, the guy is still in great shape, and acquits himself very well in the numerous hand-to-hand scraps- and itís nice to see a MAN in the lead for a change, rather than some twenty-year old weíre supposed to take seriously as a bad-ass.

The wisecracking Snow is a part that seems to have been tailor-made for Pearce, with his constant wisecracking reminding me of a space-bound John McClane, although Iím sure he also owes more than a little to Kurt Russellís Snake Plissken. In fact, LOCKOUT is very reminiscent of the not-so hot ESCAPE FROM L.A, although this stops short of being a rip-off of a film that wasnít that great to begin with.

Still, the script for LOCKOUT, by co-directors Stephen St. Leger, and James Mather- in collaboration with Luc Besson is pretty derivative and by-the-numbers, and I imagine that without Pearce, LOCKOUT might not work as well as it does. The villains are pretty cardboard, being led by two psychotic Scottish brothers (Vincent Regan & Joseph Gilgun), but neither makes much of an impression. The rest of the inmates are just faceless baddies for Pearce to shoot-at. The folks back on Earth arenít much better, although Peter Stormare seems to be having fun in the Lee Van Cleef/ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK part.

However, I liked Maggie Grace a lot in what amounts to a spunkier take on her part from TAKEN, as the presidentís daughter. Grace is gorgeous, has decent chemistry with Pearce, and most importantly is a likable figure throughout. Like Pearce, she seems to be having a good time, and having the two trade quips keeps the film from ever getting too serious, lest we forget that the only purpose here is to have a good time. Itís nice to see an action film that doesnít pretend to be anything other than what it is.

Of course, LOCKOUT is strictly B-fare, but again- thatís not a deal breaker for me. Sure, the CGI is very shoddy (an early motorcycle chase almost drowns in CGI-cheesiness), and the premise is paper thin, but it didnít keep me from having a good time. One thing that needs to be addressed is the PG-13 rating, which is disappointing. However, the cut that I saw, and happens to be the version hitting theaters in Canada (thanks to a different distributor) seems to be the R-rated version, complete with gory headshots, and F-bombs. I canít say how different the PG-13 version is, but to me, even in its uncut form, LOCKOUT seemed relatively tame- so other than a few quick gore shots, and a funny one-liner, the differences probably wonít be huge. Even still- LOCKOUT is a fun ninety-minute action flick, and certainly good enough to tide you over until the summer onslaught starts with THE AVENGERS.

Extra Tidbit: Guy Pearce would make a cool DAREDEVIL.
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2:47PM on 04/11/2012

I miss this type of films.

These low budgeted genre fares are quickly becoming extinct. Nowadays every action/scifi films are trying too hard to be the "Next Big Thing(read: Francise)", and failing miserably (I'm looking @you: A-Team, Cowboys & Aliens). What's wrong with having a cool concept with a modest budget & a descent lead(NOT has to be a megastar), and just trying to have some fun with it??

Anyway, really looking forward to see Pearce finally kicking some asses. X.T: AGREED.
These low budgeted genre fares are quickly becoming extinct. Nowadays every action/scifi films are trying too hard to be the "Next Big Thing(read: Francise)", and failing miserably (I'm looking @you: A-Team, Cowboys & Aliens). What's wrong with having a cool concept with a modest budget & a descent lead(NOT has to be a megastar), and just trying to have some fun with it??

Anyway, really looking forward to see Pearce finally kicking some asses. X.T: AGREED.
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1:13PM on 04/11/2012
7/10. Nice. Will see this.
7/10. Nice. Will see this.
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7:13PM on 04/11/2012
Please keep your comments to a minimum!
Please keep your comments to a minimum!
7:50AM on 04/11/2012
I can't wait to see this one.
I don't feel like it HAS to be R to be fun. The only time the PG-13 ratings bug me is when a series has set a precedent of R-rated material, and the sequels are PG-13.

Tidbit: I agree. I remember his name was mentioned back in 2003 before Affleck was cast and I had always wanted to see that. Maybe we still will!
I can't wait to see this one.
I don't feel like it HAS to be R to be fun. The only time the PG-13 ratings bug me is when a series has set a precedent of R-rated material, and the sequels are PG-13.

Tidbit: I agree. I remember his name was mentioned back in 2003 before Affleck was cast and I had always wanted to see that. Maybe we still will!
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7:41AM on 04/11/2012
I'll see it but I'm going to wait for the unrated DVD in the states. It sucks that Canada is treated to an R rated (or whatever the rating system is) when the US is stuck with a neutered version.
I'll see it but I'm going to wait for the unrated DVD in the states. It sucks that Canada is treated to an R rated (or whatever the rating system is) when the US is stuck with a neutered version.
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2:26AM on 04/11/2012
We have 2D and 3D versions of movies now, and some movie theaters give you the choice to see it in either format. Maybe we should start having movies released in 'R' rated (for those of us that are adult enough to handle profanity and violence) and PG-13, pussy-whipped bullshit versions (for those that want to watch a good movie with all the good stuff taken out so that it makes no sense) in the theaters at the same time. Otherwise,I see no sense in going to a movie that is being shown in an
We have 2D and 3D versions of movies now, and some movie theaters give you the choice to see it in either format. Maybe we should start having movies released in 'R' rated (for those of us that are adult enough to handle profanity and violence) and PG-13, pussy-whipped bullshit versions (for those that want to watch a good movie with all the good stuff taken out so that it makes no sense) in the theaters at the same time. Otherwise,I see no sense in going to a movie that is being shown in an 'R' rating abroad, but a shitty, cut-up PG-13 rating here, only to be released on dvd in three months in the original format as a 'Director's Special Cut' version.

Then we could actually see if this whole PG-13 movies make more than R rated movies bullshit holds up.
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3:31AM on 04/11/2012
That is a great, and valid point!!
That is a great, and valid point!!
6:59AM on 04/11/2012
I wish you could pitch that to the studios - great idea.
I wish you could pitch that to the studios - great idea.
1:37PM on 04/11/2012
Awesome idea, but I don't like the implication that a PG-13 version would have "all the good stuff taken out." Seems like a juvenile, black-and-white perspective that correlates "quality" with "violence," "sex," and "profanity"
Awesome idea, but I don't like the implication that a PG-13 version would have "all the good stuff taken out." Seems like a juvenile, black-and-white perspective that correlates "quality" with "violence," "sex," and "profanity"
5:30PM on 04/11/2012
No more juvenile than a character (who is supposed to be a former CIA operative) saying "I'm trampolining your wife" while being forcibly interrogated. Really, it's stupid little substitutions like that that make or break a scene. Try watching "Goodfellas" on cable tv and tell me how much better the movie is with the violence and profanity taken out.
No more juvenile than a character (who is supposed to be a former CIA operative) saying "I'm trampolining your wife" while being forcibly interrogated. Really, it's stupid little substitutions like that that make or break a scene. Try watching "Goodfellas" on cable tv and tell me how much better the movie is with the violence and profanity taken out.
9:35PM on 04/11/2012
Why aren't you in charge of all movie theaters? Seriously one of the best ideas I've heard in a while.
Why aren't you in charge of all movie theaters? Seriously one of the best ideas I've heard in a while.
2:00AM on 04/11/2012
It could of possibly scored a 9 out of 10 if it was R-rated . We will never know.
It could of possibly scored a 9 out of 10 if it was R-rated . We will never know.
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2:25AM on 04/11/2012
Yes we do. The reviewer saw the uncut version.
Yes we do. The reviewer saw the uncut version.
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1:52AM on 04/11/2012
Ok, I thought something was wrong. I saw this tonight, and was kind of disappointed by the PG-13 'violence' and lack of profanity, AND I thought it was rated PG-13 until the end of the movie (yes, I stay until after the credits) said it was rated 'R'. Honestly, it felt like there were huge gaps in the movie like stuff had been edited out (surprise, surprise) by the MPAA. I'll see this again when it comes out on dvd and I can watch it in the proper edit that the directors had in mind, not the
Ok, I thought something was wrong. I saw this tonight, and was kind of disappointed by the PG-13 'violence' and lack of profanity, AND I thought it was rated PG-13 until the end of the movie (yes, I stay until after the credits) said it was rated 'R'. Honestly, it felt like there were huge gaps in the movie like stuff had been edited out (surprise, surprise) by the MPAA. I'll see this again when it comes out on dvd and I can watch it in the proper edit that the directors had in mind, not the watered-down, bullshit Puritanical version we suddenly seem to be getting on the big screen.

Oh, and yeah, that CGI bit at the beginning was fucking horrible. I'm talking "Sound of Thunder" horrible. Thank Buddha it lasted less than two minutes.
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1:35AM on 04/11/2012
Pumped to see this one! Guy Pearce IS A MAN
Pumped to see this one! Guy Pearce IS A MAN
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1:29AM on 04/11/2012
I feel like this one has been flying under the radar, which doesn't bode well. I, for one, have been pumped for months, ever since the French teaser hit. I'll be seeing it this weekend.
I feel like this one has been flying under the radar, which doesn't bode well. I, for one, have been pumped for months, ever since the French teaser hit. I'll be seeing it this weekend.
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1:00AM on 04/11/2012

I hope that people see this movie

because Guy Pearce is the SHIT and I would love love LOVE to see him star in more movies in the lead, especially more actioners! Dude is badass! I know he probably won't get much still but it's worth a shot... hell even if it gets Sly Stallone's attention -- Guy Pearce in Ex3, lets do it!
because Guy Pearce is the SHIT and I would love love LOVE to see him star in more movies in the lead, especially more actioners! Dude is badass! I know he probably won't get much still but it's worth a shot... hell even if it gets Sly Stallone's attention -- Guy Pearce in Ex3, lets do it!
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