Stephen Saint Leger & James Mather
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Luc Besson (Director of The Fifth Element) presents this futuristic thriller about a renegade CIA agent (Guy Pearce, PROMETHEUS) who is betrayed by his government and sentenced to 30 years frozen in a cryonic chamber 50 miles above Earth. The only way to avoid serving time is a suicide mission – overcome a gang of ruthless prisoners and rescue the President’s daughter (Maggie Grace, Taken).
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 123
- Fresh: 47
- Rotten: 76
- Average Rating: 5.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: "Lockout"...is...as dopey an entertainment as imaginable, but it's also a reminder that the film's star, Guy Pearce, has always had great screen magnetism, to which he has now added a bedrock of muscle. Also: he can act.
Rotten: A putrid film that comes dead-weighted with hammy one-liners and a plot so silly it borders on comedy...
Rotten: Mostly "Lockout" is lost in space.
Rotten: At the screening, in between laughing fits, people around me whispered, in awed tones, "B movie, 1956."
IT'S A DECENT ACTION MOVIE
"Lockout" is simply a mediocre sci-fi action-adventure movie. It's nowhere near as bad as "Skyline", but it isn't as amazing as "Terminator" either. It's somewhere in the middle. The acting is decent, the special effects are okay, and the story is relatively easy to follow along with. Set in the near future, it's about a falsely convicted ex-government agent (Guy Pearce), whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission of rescuing the President's daughter (Maggie Grace) from rioting convicts at an outer space maximum-security prison. For the most part, I actually enjoyed the action scenes. Yeah, they were campy and over-the-top, but that's also what made them fun to watch. Even the dialogue was enjoyably cheesy and ridiculous. But I have to give it up to Guy Pearce. He took an otherwise boring and generic lead character and made him engaging and memorable. Any actor who can do that, especially in a basic action film like this, deserves props. Although, I can't genuinely say the same thing about Maggie Grace. But hey, at least she gave more of an effort than the writers did with the screenplay. I'll give her that. Anyway, I ended up having a fun time with this movie. Sure, it had flat CGI and a derivative script, but it also benefited from Pearce's knockout performance and a few cool action scenes. Is it a memorable film overall? Not really, but if you're in the mood to watch a fun, mindless sci-fi thriller with a couple of friends, "Lockout" is a good pick. It's a one-time rent, if nothing else.
Have you seen it before? Yep. Is the story and plot anything new? Nope. These kinds of movies don't need reviews from Top Critics; we've already made our minds up about what we're going to see and know what we're paying money for. Those who don't….well, shame on you. I didn't expect much and I was entertained. Pearce sells the role and delivers the endless one liners with the tongue in cheek smirk and bravado of a Dr. Pepper Ten commercial - which is essentially all this movie is…..without the soda. And, yeah, it was fun. And I'm not ashamed to admit it.
Why can't we just rent it? I don't want to have to buy the movie. :(