13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Quality brainless action-movie,
This review is from: Lockout [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Lockout is the story of MS One; a huge orbital space-ship that houses half-a-million prisoners in stasis. The president's daughter & humanitarian Emilie Warnock (Maggie Grace - Malice In Wonderland) visits the station to assess the conditions of the prisoners and potential for mental-impairment that stasis causes, but during her visit, a rebellion is sparked and the prisoners are woken up simultaneously. Stasis-induced aggression and mental problems abound and soon the station is in pandemonium. Meanwhile, back on Earth, arrested for crimes he didn't commit (aren't they all?) Snow (Guy Pearce - Memento) is sent to the station as a prisoner, but with the mission to locate & liberate the president's daughter. But with a station full of lunatics all gunning for him, will Snow manage this impossible feat?
Lockout is a fantastic premise supported by some excellent CGI & sets and some respectable acting from all involved. The crazed Scottish brothers (Vincent Regan -Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance & Joseph Gilgun - Screwed) who lead the revolt are a very nice touch to an already intriguing story. Guy Pearce provides a fantastic rendition of a surly and often-cheesy, smart-quipping action hero. Maggie Grace is decent in the damsel-in-distress role and the bad-guys are mindless thugs in orange jump-suits - not really a Oscar-winning role, but fun nonetheless. The net result is that the 95-minute bit flies past and is genuinely enjoyable, even alluding to some conspiracy to try and add to the gung-ho story. The only thing that felt a bit odd; is that despite this film being set in the future; all the guards still use shotguns, smoke and secure the prisoners in chains, which feels very dated considering this is 2079 & compared to the ultra-futuristic space-station the entire thing plays out on!
Anyhow, decent performances from all and a bit of a no-brainer. I feel I must add the caveat that this isn't really an honestly 4-star film, but rather if you consider it in action-film context, it's definitely worth a watch. Recommended!!