Favourite line of trailer: 'He's the best there is, but he's a loose cannon'. You just can't teach that kind of ear for dialogue.
Following on from their calling card short film Prey Alone, Irish directing duo James Mather and Stephen St. Leger make a promising feature debut with Lockout. With the help of producer Luc Besson and an army of visual FX artists, Lockout is essentially Escape From New York in space. Guy Pearce is the laconic, wise-cracking ex-CIA operative Snow, called in to rescue the President's daughter Emilie after she's taken hostage onboard an orbiting prison in space. Not only does he have to contend with some initial hostility from Emilie, but he also has to deal with all the nutjobs and criminals that stand in his way. As always, Pearce gives everything he's got with an amusing performance not far off from Snake Plissken. The film moves at a fast, frenetic pace - perhaps almost too fast at times (that motorbike chase at the start looks more like a video game). A sequence involving a parachute is laughable due to its implausability, but this is the movie world and we're not expected to believe in reality. It's an enjoyable sci-fi action film, but the directors might want to think about finding a more original story next time around.
This has to be the worst film i have ever seen. From start to finish this film is so bad on all levels. It was so bad i was looking to get my money back. As mentioned two of the main actors parachute from the space ship to earth, yes believe your eyes i said they parachuted to earth from space. Its the kind of film that the producer or actors should have said after two days of shooting, that the movie was rubbish and that it should have been scrapped. People in the cinema were laughing through out the movie in disbelieve at the bad acting and the overall story. Please do your self a favour dont even think about renting this movie when it is released on dvd. Im all for shutting the mind down for an all action movie but this movie was so bad that it wasn't possible to even enjoy any part of the movie with no brain at all.
Ooooh the headache is still there from having endured this nauseating drivel. Rarely has the blood boiled so rapidly as when Joseph Gilgun's absurdly annoying character made his appearance...and then would'nt die...despite literally seeming to have a stoke everytime he opened his mouth. Only for I had dragged a mate in out of the rain to sit through this, i would have left after the first 15mins...and thats generous. I was to live to regret this though and now wish i had chanced inspiring some up and coming Benjamin Franklin by having the lightening strike my head repeatedly. It would have preferable. As for your wan from Taken (Neeson's daughter)...well lets just say she makes that performance look like Meryl Streep at her peak compared to this outing of hers. She must know the director, thats all I'm saying. Such a whiny and vexing part does she play that she'll have you screaming for a time machine so you could go back and dis-invent the 'talkies'. Now I'm not given to hyperbole....well...maybe this one time. Avoid if you dislike mental scarring and teeth grindingly bad films. As for Guy Pearce, This made me wish he had stayed in Ramsey Street.
Gavin, how can you call yourself a movie reviewer and give it 3 stars. Surely a reviewer is looking for good direction, good acting, good cinematography, good script. None of which were present in this movie. This is the second review I've seen that has given it 3 stars. Are they paying you guys!!! Is it the Luc Besson tie in? Guy Pearce and Gilgun were probably the best thing about the movie. I don't normally post comments but I couldn't let you give this a 3 star review. The special effects were brutal. The script had so many plot holes it was hilarious. For a high security prison the security was pretty brutal!! The acting was the worst I've seen. Peter Stormare and the guy playing the president get particular mention in this regard. It was like all the other actors were friends of the directors thrown in because the look mean. I'm sorry, a three star review should reflect some redeemable factors about the movie. This does not have any.
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