Movie Review: Lockout

In the year 2079, Snow(Guy Pearce) is taken into custody for killing a government agent. His behavior irritates his interrogators and he gets sentenced to prison. Just before transporting him to the maximum security prison in the outer space, he gets a chance for freedom if he agrees to rescue the President's daughter Emilie Warnock(Maggie Grace) who is held hostage in the same maximum security prison.

Directed by James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, this action movie is based on the story developed by the director duo and Luc Besson. Like most of the action movies from Luc Besson's association, this one also have a wafer thin plot line which takes inspiration from action flicks all around the world. So the basic premise of a rescue mission is given a dash of drama and comedy by placing two diametrically opposite main leads who is chased by psychopaths. If that is not enough, setting the stage in the future and space gives the directors a chance to get inspired by the original Starwars climax for an aerial action scene.

On the whole, the film fails to impress because of a male lead who is not known for action but for acting capabilities. Even though Guy Pearce has buffed up for the role, he is miscast in this role. Maggie Grace has nothing much to offer other than a pretty face. To make matters worse, the CGI is very crude especially the ones during the bike chase in the initial part of the movie.

Stay away from this movie. Believe me, you are not missing anything!

Language: English

Genre: Action

Rating: *


  1. Solid review Nona. Of course you get what you would expect from a B-grade sci-fi flick but it's still a lot of fun and the cast knows how to sell this type of material, as ridiculous as it may be. Guy Pearce also has a blast with this role and it's so great to see that from such a professional like him.

    1. I agree with what you say. Even I go for a bad movie just to lift my spirits. Worser the acting and the scenarios, the more relaxed you are. I understand this point. But I also want to give an unbiased opinion of the movie so that you guys can decide for yourself. :)


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