Lockout (2012)

“Don’t get me wrong. It’s a dream vacation. I mean, I load up. I go into space. I get inside the maximum-security nuthouse. Save the President’s daughter, if she’s not dead already. Get past all the psychos who’ve just woken up. I’m thrilled that you would think of me.” – Snow

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Jul 2022)

Brief Synopsis – A man wrongfully accused of a crime by the government is sent to save the President’s daughter who has been taken hostage at a space station in order to gain his own freedom.

My Take on it – Engaging and fun action thriller that works quite well. Guy Pearce is great in the lead role even if he feels a bit miscast as this gruff kind of character. The action scenes play out well and the plot has some nice twists that help move things along, but the story still feels as if it is dragged out too much. The characters aren’t developed well enough either and that makes it so much harder to care about any of them or about what will happen.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In October 2015, John Carpenter won a plagiarism case against Luc Besson over ‘Lockout’ proving clear similarities to Escape from New York (1981) and Escape from L.A. (1996). A French court ruled that enough similar distinctive elements from both Carpenter’s films were borrowed to merit a sanction.(From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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