Review: Lockout (2012)

“I’m getting beat up by a guy named Rupert?”

Starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace and set in the near future, Lockout follows a falsely convicted ex-government agent (Pearce), whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission of rescuing the President’s daughter (Grace) from rioting convicts at an outer space maximum-security prison. Lockout was directed by Stephen St. Leger and James Mather from their script co-written with Luc Besson, who is also a producer. Peter Stormare co-stars. – ROTTEN TOMATOES

What do you get when you add Die Hard with Demolition Man? Well you somehow get this film Lockout! That’s the basic way I can explain the general tone and feel for this modern sci-fi action film. I’ll fully admit that the first trailers left me very skeptical, I didn’t think this would be any good but it was a poor week for film releases during that time. It was either Mirror Mirror or Lockout? Well I knew what was going to win!

It’s by far not a ‘good’ movie in the traditional sense, it doesn’t look particularly great and the effects are questionable but it has a b-movie sentimentality and by that standard it fully works. It’s a fun space prison romp that leaves you surprisingly thrilled. But 90% of this is down to the brilliant Guy Pearce, who is extremely beefed up for the role. Not only that, the script has been written in a way the Pearce excels at! Honestly, Lockout has some great humour and Guy Pearce delivers the best straight-edged, fast paced quips for a long time.

I’m going to wrap this review up, it’s only short I know but Lockout isn’t a film to go great depth in. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it, despite its critical panning from professionals. But it’s a perfect late Friday night movie that you can easily settle into, it’s not too long and Guy Pearce gives his best Bruce Willis persona and it really suits him. More tough guy funny man again soon, Mr. Pearce!

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