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Lockout (2012)

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There are way too little science fiction movies coming out each year and as a big fan of them I’m always looking forward to new ones. Seeing an image of Lockout when I was preparing my Guy Pearce “Many Faces of…” post I noted it down as one to look out for. As usual I had no idea what it would be about and was looking forward to seeing it.

Pearce is Snow, who seems to be a guy who has watched each and every action movie made by the eighties. Every line he speaks will remind you of them, which makes his character cool, but unfortunately also has the effect of the viewer not caring much about him. At the beginning of the movie we see him being captured for the murder of an agent.
The society of Lockout has found a solution for dealing with dangerous criminals, which are now kept in hibernation on a space station. The president’s daughter (played by Maggie Grace of Lost fame) decides to visit the station and of course something has to go wrong (in this case, all the criminals waking up and taking control of the prison station). It won’t be a surprise that Snow is forced to go on a one man mission to rescue her.

Now I don’t mind switching of part of my brain to enjoy action movies, but this one had so many moments that didn’t make much sense that I really couldn’t enjoy what was going on. The story could have easily be set on earth and not much would be different. The bad guys were one-dimensional and forgettable, the chemistry between Pearce and Grace non-existent. There wasn’t much to like about Lockout, except for those one liners and the set design. If you are looking for a good prison drama I suggest you check out the excellent Cell 211 (even though that isn’t science fiction) instead of this one.

Score: 3

  • Jaina says:

    Aww shame. I don’t mind a bit of silly Luc Besson action. I think I’m still intrigued enough to look this one up when it’s out for rental here.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:32 am
    • Nostra says:

      Sure, you should make up your own mind about it, but I’m someone who doesn’t mind cheesy 80’s type of action movies (just look at my review of the recent Bad Ass), but this really didn’t work for me. Looking forward to your review of it!

      July 20, 2012 at 9:47 am
  • momto3feistykids says:

    I am not a fan of action movies, but I do love good science fiction movies — with or without plenty of kick ass action. :-) It’s a shame this one was disappointing.

    July 19, 2012 at 8:54 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, this really didn’t feel like a science fiction movie. Sure it’s set in the future and has some space stuff, but it could have easily done without.

      July 20, 2012 at 9:48 am
  • keith7198 says:

    I went knowing it was going to be an over-the-top 80’s style cheese-fest so that’s probably why it worked for me a little more than it did you. But that’s not saying it’s great. It overdoes the cheesey one-liners and it’s really pretty basic. But I did find some fun in it. Great review BTW.

    July 19, 2012 at 10:20 pm
    • Nostra says:

      I had some fun with it too, but way too little to really enjoy it. Happy to hear you got a bit more out of it though!

      July 20, 2012 at 9:49 am
  • Jaskee says:

    I was going to review this when it first came out, but I changed my mind. After reading some reviews (including yours) I’m glad I did.

    July 20, 2012 at 7:38 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, you didn’t miss much by not seeing it…

      July 30, 2012 at 10:46 am


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