Lockout (2011) – 6/10 science fiction action movie review

Cast / crew
Writer, Original Idea and Presents: Luc Besson
Guy Pearce: Snow
Maggie Grace: Emilie Warnock
Vincent Regan: Alex
Joseph Gilgun: Hydell
Lennie James: Shaw
Peter Stormare: Langral
Writer, Director of Photography and Director: James Mather
Writer and Director: Stephen Saint Leger
Producer: Mark Libert
Producer: Leïla Smith
Leila Smith

Lockout (2011)

2079: framed ex-CIA operative Snow is offered his freedom from a 30-year stasis incarceration if he rescues the President’s daughter from a maximum security prison. In space. Where all the prisoners have been let out.


I enjoyed this agreeably cheerful Die Hard in a space prison and was pleasantly surprised by an entertainingly glib Guy Pearce. The problem comes from some scenes having too much edited out of them. Movies are made up of sequences which should make sense; little rounded out stories that naturally or convincingly move the film from one point to another. The easiest way to tell if a filmmaker has been successful at doing this is is if you can reference a sequence by name alone. Remember the bit with the? Remember the scene where he? Without defining each sequence, framing the highlights and making it coherent, it becomes forgettable. For example, the opening fight sequence has a gun move that is extraordinarily cool and you probably missed it because the directors neglected to highlight anything. Or the final sequence where our heroes do a Baumgartner and it’s flat and incoherent. This movie is definitely fun while it lasts but no more.

This movie contains a single sexual swear word, bad language and strong violence, unpleasant scenes, sexual violence.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.


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