Lockout (2012)

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Critic Consensus: 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
Rating:
PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, and language including some sexual references)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

Guy Pearce
as Agent Snow
Maggie Grace
as Emilie Warnock
Peter Stormare
as Langral
Joseph Gilgun
as Hydell
Jacky Ido
as Hock
Joe Gilgun
as Hydell
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Critic Reviews for Lockout

All Critics (128) | Top Critics (31)

At the screening, in between laughing fits, people around me whispered, in awed tones, "B movie, 1956."

Full Review… | April 22, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

It's clichéd, ridiculous, and very entertaining.

Full Review… | April 13, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The tag-team of filmmakers seems to have only two ideas - having stupendously ugly characters shove their mugs into the camera, or staging action sequences so dizzily you have no idea what's going on.

Full Review… | April 13, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Does a fine job of continually coming up with obstacle after obstacle for our two leads to dodge - not the least of which happens to be good, old-fashioned logic.

Full Review… | April 13, 2012
Film.com
Top Critic

"Lockout" is meat-and-potatoes filmmaking at its most basic.

Full Review… | April 12, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's the kind of movie where someone tumbling in space above the earth's atmosphere opens a parachute and lands gently on earth without even gasping for a breath.

Full Review… | April 12, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Lockout

½

Not a great movie, but interesting and fun enough to watch.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A Sci-Fi action thriller so fast you don't even notice how flawed it is. Pearce's one-liners are way too entertaining and the pace way too breathless to notice how many other (and better) films were influencing this. It's not particularly engaging, what with the cartoonish bad guys and somewhat predictable plot, but somehow it's still a lot of fun and over sooner than you can blink, erm....think.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

I see this Euro sci-fi-action brought Guy Pearce shifting into action-man mode. Action specialist and co-writer/producer Luc Besson has fashioned another slick thriller - with a twist of sci-fi - to rank alongside this Transporter franchise; while a buff Pearce does his best in a role more suited to Jason Statham. Fans of John Carpenter's Escape from New York will immediately recognise the premise although its safe to say that Snow is no Snake Plissken! Maggie Grace is as good as ever as the damsel in distress and the supporting actors do a bang up job as well. Guess what this is one of three Grace-Besson films including Taken sequels.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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