Lockout (Unrated) Reviews
Although displaying foreseeable plot turns and a generic hothead villain, the space prison concept distinguishes it from other movies of equivalent standard. The cool premise probably helps to overshadow what are in essence standard action sequences. None of them last long enough and they would have benefited from a few more confrontations which directly utilised the space environment.
Guy Pearce portraying CIA operative, Snow, as un-likeable, snide and selfish actually makes for a likeable hero. Thought an actor of his calibre was above this role but lucky for the film he was involved as a lot of the audience's enjoyment will be attributable to him. Not all of his comedic lines hit the mark but he brings a respectable level of charisma and fortitude to produce a non-stereotypical action hero. You would want to see his character again but in a better film. The rebelling prisoners made less of a contribution, with the two main convicts proving to be neither interesting or a strong threat to Snow. Also thought that giving the majority of dialogue to these two from the prisoners's perspective reduced the scale and therefore impact of the prison takeover. There was little sense of the chaos which is normally associated with a hostile prison riot.
Nothing special but works as a simple action flick and, to its advantage, it doesn't try to be anything more.
Okay, okay, I lied. It gets old once you figure out the plan. So sit back and amuse yourself guessing what film they borrowed what bit from.
Nonetheless Guy Pearce is always good (they begin the film with him falling off a many storied building. .. and getting up and walking away, let me know what the believability quotient was going to be for the rest of the film right off the bat). Spoiler alert (like it matters): there are two, count 'em, two black guys in the whole film, grains of pepper in a sea of salt. Guess who the bad guys are?
Peter Stormare , one of my favs, phones in his part.