Lock Up Reviews
Frank Leone only has a few weeks to go before being released from prison, he is no hard core offender, he is a loving man and is ready for a new life with his gorgeous girlfriend Melissa. During the night he is whisked away to a maximum security prison on the orders of a sadistic warden out for revenge because Leone was the only man to have ever escaped from his prison, and thus put a blemish on his record.
We then follow Leone as he is pushed to the limits by crazy warden Drumgoole and all the sadistic guards under his command. He also enlists the help of resident inmate beefcake Chink Weber, and they all in turn try to break Leone at all costs to see that he never leaves prison again. There certainly is nothing here that hasn't been done before in the prison film genre, and only an idiot would expect anything other than the ending we get, but this is a Stallone movie and it's full of guts, testo macho action, and it should be noted that Sly here puts some depth to the character of Leone, he garners our sympathy quite quickly, and considering the bloke is built like the proverbial brick outhouse, it's quite an achievement.
The supporting players are a mixed bunch, this is Tom Sizemore's first motion picture and he does really well with the character of Dallas, Sonny Landham is his usual scary menacing self as Chink Weber, whilst Frank McRae as Eclipse does just enough right to leave his mark. So it's something of a surprise to me that the best actor on show is actually the films weak link, Donald Sutherland as Drumgoole does overplay it to the point that he goes beyond pantomime villain, it's a real teeth itching performance that he would only outdo with Virus 10 years later, but in a film with such primal fun intentions, it has to be considered perfect.
No awards here for sure, but when I watch a film about a man played by Sly Stallone in prison then I think I know what to expect, and it delivers all that I hoped for, hooray for the beefcake
About 90% of the movie was actually in the prison, meaning it was supposed to be darker, but what was with all that piano music??? I guess they were trying to keep the storyline tied to him trying to get out to see his girlfriend, but it sure messes with your head to hear the piano being played in a prison movie.
Still, it was a good movie. Solid Stallone.
starring:sylvester stallone (rocky 1 2 3 4 5 rocky balboa director of the expendables and many other films) donald sutherland (fallen The puppet master's invasion of the body snatchers (1978) and M.A.S.H the movie) john amos sony ladham tom sizemore (stephen king's dreamcatcher and Passenger 57) frank mcrae darlen fluegel william allen young and larry romano
release date:august 4th 1989
directed by john flynn
film's rating: R for vioence brutal fights bloody violent images and language
when the film had opened in august 4th 1989 the film opening week got #6 because of the steve martin dromedy about family parenthood beat it and also came out the same weekeend.
sylevester stallone is awesome!