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LOCKOUT Review (2012)

Directed by James Mather & Stephen St. Leger




A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president’s daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.



Imagine the one-liners from all Bruce Willis movies in just one 90 minutes actionfilm.

Sounds good? Not really, it`s way too much. The effect of such a one-liner gets simply lost when they are there every other minute.

Guy Pearce is an ok action star in this, but it`s all played so comical, you can`t take anything serious. Not that you should, it`s very far from serious, the whole film.

Sure, it isn`t meant to be, but what I mean is, it cheapens the whole experience to the point that I didn`t care anymore, halfway through the film.

The FX are decent, only the bike chase sequence was kinda cheap and very unnecessary.One of the bad guys,  Joseph Gilgun as Hydell, he was so over the top and without any depth that it hurt to watch. The violence don`t match the endless onslaught of one-liners that are coming your way. Not against the violence, but the situations, in which it happened. Most of it where scenes you have seen in other movies countless times and maybe worked there, cuz it didn`t happen every few minutes. We have here multiple executions of staff and hostages, that are played as cool and funny at the same time, but all it does  is to remind you of other movies with a similar scene. It felt like an extremely condensed version of any action film cliche of the last 25 years. Too much of everything.

I never felt anything for anybody in this, not the hero, not the hostages, the president`s daughter or anybody.  It felt like a soulless cluster of any cliché of action films ever.

A lot of plot holes, too, which normally I can stomach, if the rest compensates for it.

There was no character development for anybody, no reason to care for anybody.

Everything that happens in here has been done and done better.

Only a kid who would see his first ever actionfilm could like this and believe it`s awesome. The ingredients are all there, but it is soulless and again, everything happening here has been done to death already. The subplot, that gets Snow ( Guy Pearce) arrested in the first place, gets solved in the end, but didn`t need to be there, at all. All in all a waste of time and a laughable attempt at a high-octane sci-fi actionfilm.

I have never seen a film so full of clichés, I don`t mind a few, but this was horrible…

If you aren`t curious, let me assure you, you don`t miss anything if you leave this on the shelf. Even a bunch of decent actors cannot save this.

This is the worst Luc Besson production I have seen so far, normally he picks good stuff-this he picked right out of the toilet. How this gets such a good rating(6point1 so far) on imdb is beyond me…

Maybe watch Fortess again, or Escape from New York instead.


6 responses

  1. Yikes! Looks like I won’t be rushing to see this anytime soon then! lol.
    I wish Besson would stop writing so many films and actually get behind the camera again making the kind of films that got us to like his style of filmmaking.
    Great review buddy! And thanks for the warning!

    July 7, 2012 at 11:27 PM

  2. Its truly shocking that he co-wrote this..the idea alone is ok, but the script is terrible, as well as the final product.

    July 7, 2012 at 11:32 PM

  3. Ty

    Good Review. That is unfortunate that this is played so comical. Was hoping it was more serious…Big Guy Pearce fan though…will check it out eventually.

    Loved him in Ravenous and Memento.

    July 9, 2012 at 11:04 PM

  4. Pearce and the one liners were what saved this movie for me, it’s still no great shakes but I did find it amusing from start to finish. The interrogation scene at the start set the tone for me, though the terrible cg in the chase scene almost blew it!

    July 10, 2012 at 7:17 AM

  5. I felt reminded of Willis in Last Boyscout….in this case-less would have been more…

    July 10, 2012 at 12:36 PM

  6. This looked promising, but clearly failed to deliver. At least if I ever watch it I won’t expect too much. Thanks for the review.

    July 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM

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