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Movie review: Lockout (2012)

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Movie review: Lockout (2012)


Snow is a former government agent sentenced to life in prison when the president's daughter is trapped during a prison riot. Now Snow has a chance at freedom. Mount a rescue mission into outer space to the overrun prison and bring back the girl, or die in prison.

Guy Pearce (Snow), Maggie Grace (Emilie), Vincent Regan (Alex), Joseph Gilgun (Hydell), Lennie James (Shaw), Peter Stormare (Scott), Tim Plester (Mace), Peter Hudson (President Warnock), Jacky Ido (Hock).

Lockout launches with just enough character introduction so you know who the main players are before the plot begins to take shape. Once Emilie is trapped in a prison overrun by the convicts this one pretty much turns into Escape from New York without the B-movie comedy. Of course, the film wouldn't be complete without a happily ever after, morally equitable ending which it happily provides.

Acting was good with Pearce playing against Grace will and both delivering nicely. Gilgun was just plain scary insane. Well done. Stormare delivered as usual, and the remainder of the supporting cast was good.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were decent if a bit bland at times. Effects were well done for the most part, with physical effects being better and more realistic than most of the CGI. Dialogue was good but really only necessary to keep things for getting boring. Sound and soundtrack were good.

In the end Lockout was a decent action adventure with a sci-fi twist that genre fans will enjoy. Those looking for originality or top-notch quality may be disappointed.

With plenty of violence and some foul language this should be fine for older teens and above.

Released: 2012
Reviewed: 2.24.14
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Foreign Movies, Action Thrillers, Foreign Action & Adventure

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