follows a falsely convicted ex- government agent (Guy Pearce), whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission of rescuing the President’s daughter (Maggie Grace) from rioting convicts at an outer space maximum security prison.
There’s something delightfully old school about futuristic prison movie, Lockout
. The film comes from the pen of Luc Besson, and sees Guy Pearce as Snow, the usual framed innocent man that the movies like to present us with. Through a serious of story hoops, Snow agrees to head off to an orbiting prison by the name of MS One, to rescue the daughter of the president. It’s probably best not to look too closely at the story, to be fair, as it doesn't get much more plausible than that.
Lockout does work, though. In fact, it works particularly well. Pearce is an excellent action lead, and directors James Mather and Stephen St Leger keep things pacey, stretch their budget well, and know how to put together an action sequence. The result of this is a film that’s thumping good fun, that’s derivative certainly, but entertaining nonetheless.
The disc is bolstered by some welcome extra material. It’s not tricky to see why the unreleased scenes didn’t make the final cut, but they’re no less interesting for that. Promotional interviews are also included. But it’s the behind the scenes supplements that are the most interesting, especially when the focus turns to the MS One floating prison, and how it was put together. It all adds to a solid package, and a wise choice of film for a relaxing night in front of the telly. --Jon Foster