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Guy Pearce does the best he can with what he's given, but Lockout is ultimately too derivative and shallow to build on the many sci-fi thrillers it borrows from.



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Starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace and set in the near future, Lockout follows a falsely convicted ex-government agent (Pearce), whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission of rescuing the President's daughter (Grace) from rioting convicts at an outer space maximum-security prison. Lockout was directed by Stephen St. Leger and James Mather from their script co-written with Luc Besson, who is also a producer. Peter Stormare co-stars. -- (C) Open Road


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  • Jun 29, 2016
    Lockout is a surprisingly good indie science fiction film that delivers a thrilling adventure. Though it claims to be based on an original concept, it's really just Escape from L.A. in space: the president's daughter is trapped on a prison space station and an ex-CIA operative is sent in to rescue her. Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace and Peter Stormare form a solid cast that deliver surprisingly good performances. Pearce and Grace work well together, and Pearce's character of Snow is charismatic and fun (in that cheesy, B-movie kind of way). The special effects are weak is some areas and the characters aren't fleshed out, but Lockout delivers an intense, riveting adventure.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2016
    Not a great movie, but interesting and fun enough to watch.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2016
    Even though it rips off approximately 19,825 other action movies, it's still worth a watch.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 31, 2014
    Luc Besson penned and produced this actioner that's motto could be "if you liked it in another film we'll do it, too, but more". Which is not bad. Not necessarily. No. 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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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