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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 5 November 2015
Surprisingly good Sci-fi based around a rescue mission from a high security space prison orbiting the earth where serious offenders are kept in cryostatis. Guy Pearce plays the good-guy-turned-bad-guy-turned-good-again guy in a slightly Die-Hard fashion and has to rescue the president's daughter from the prison after a riot and escape attempt breaks out while she is visiting the space prison on some kind of humanitarian work. That sounds pretty standard but in a slightly different setting the film feels like a lot more than that with its subplots and I think Guy Pearce is probably at his peak here - I think the best I've ever seen him in any role as an actor. Not what I was expecting from him at all, the film is visually strong (other than some mediocre effects here and there) and fast paced with some great hard-hitting action. It often feels tense and claustrophobic and kept me interested through to the end.

More violent than I was expecting which worked well for me and suits the film's feel and backdrop - would definitely recommend as a decent action movie with a slightly different take the standard hero/action movie.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 6 September 2012
Set in the not too distant future, Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential) stars as a wisecracking government agent, Snow, who is wrongly convicted of murder & selling state secrets. But he may just have a way to redeem himself, as the presidents daughter Emilie Warnock (Maggie Grace -Taken) who was visiting a maximum cryostatis prison in space to check on the well being of the inmates, is smack dab in the middle of a prison riot. Only one person would be crazy enough to go in there, Snow!

To start with it's quite obvious from reading the synopsis alone that this is a reworking of the classic Escape From New York with Kurt Russell. None the less, Lockout turns out to be a very watchable brutish action movie, but with some intelligence thrown in there, in the shape of the sub plot rumbling underneath the main events. The action is fast, furious, brutal & smart in places, but there are a couple of far fetched moments that even the most hardened of action fans may raise an eyebrow too. The CGI & special effects used are pretty good on the whole with some exceptions here & there, but, considering the budget worked with it's not surprising. Some interesting ideas used in places, no doubt thanks the man who came up with the idea of the film, Luc Besson. But he will undoubtedly be pleased with the work that directors & co writers James Mather & Stephen St. Leger have managed to produce, in keeping with Besson's fast & furious action style.

Now, a film like this needs really convincing villains, and in my book, Joseph Gilgun (Emmerdale[Eli Dingle]) was impressive as the oddball psychotic inmate, as was Vincent Regan (Black Knight) to the other extreme, as the more stable leader trying to keep him & the situation under control. Guy Pearce was solid as the wisecracking Snow, who shares more in common with John McClane from Die Hard than Kurt Russell's more rugged & darker Snake Plissken. Maggie Grace was very watchable as the presidents daughter, having a good rapport with Pearce & giving as good as she got from Snow. Her father played by peter Hudson, less so. But the addition of the well traveled Peter Stormare (Armageddon) & Lennie James (Colombiana) added the much need gravitas that the film needed to give it that serious edge.

In conclusion, i found Lockout to be a watchable, if somewhat predictable action movie. But it manages to give a little ray of intelligence through the story about Snow, to cling too, through it's racing 1 hour & 30 minute run time. Another shining example after Colombiana of what Mr. Besson & Co. can do with a relatively small budget. Recommended.
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on 13 November 2012
I received my copy of Lockout at the weekend and I am happy to say that I love it. Yes it's cheesy, yes it's derivative but it's fun and, with the exception of the awful bike chase, the SFX hold up very well. Guy Pearce's wisecracking tough guy performance is thoroughly entertaining and I can happily add the film to my shelf along with other shameless throwback movies like Doomsday.

Unfortunately I have a low tolerance for low quality products and the UK blu ray of Lockout is one such product. All the reviews I had read previously of this release had been glowing when appraising the visual quality so I was a little bit surprised to see a fairly soft and murky image in places and, worse, some genuinely appalling and thoroughly distracting occurrences of colour banding, most noticeably in space scenes. The shot of the prison at around 55 minutes is a good example with the sun flare on the right hand side of the screen looking like it was rendered by an 8 bit computer. The skydiving sequence at the climax of the movie is even worse. As a result I spent an hour fiddling with my TV and blu ray settings to try and resolve the issue, to no avail. It occurred to me then that the numerous reviews I had read were specifically for the US release, distributed by Sony, so I ordered a copy from a market place seller and it arrived today, only two days later. It turns out I was right. The US release IS reference quality and absolutely flawless. The UK version is distributed by Entertainment in Video and is the inferior product by some considerable margin.

Apologies if you think I'm being too finnicky but if I buy a blu ray I expect blu ray quality, not this second rate, lazy and flawed transfer that we have been fobbed off with in the UK.
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on 27 April 2012
Amazing sci-fi action movie with a retro feel!! The story is sweet and simple and probably predictable but that matters not as you will have so much fun with this movie, it feels really oldschool action like something the 80s would have thrown at us with Bruce Willis back in the day. Guy Pearce is a quality actor who plays a fun character in a ridiculous situation in space saving the presidents daughter from thousands of the worlds most dangerous criminals, all good fun, lots of great action and plenty of cheesy one liners, make sure you check it out.
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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!!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 18 June 2012
I managed to catch this on the big screen and I was lucky as they only planned to show it for a week round here! I read a couple of reviews beforehand so my expectations were sufficiently managed. Yes it's something of a re-hash of Escape from New York but I've been waiting for that for ages now so I was totally stoked when I found out about this. In fact, if you like this sort of thing try this No Escape [DVD] [1994], it has a few titles and some fairly awful cover designs but don't be put off as it's excellent. Anyway, back to Lockout, this is action packed cinema at its best and it knows it. One early sequence of CGI is passable rather than brilliant but doesn't last long. The stuff on the prison station is fine and the sets are great. Dialogue is king here and Guy Pearce completely nails the Snow character, I particularly like it when they sedate him for space travel and he wearliy proclaims that he can't drive home. He has some genuine on screen chemistry with Maggie Grace who succeeds in a mostly generic role. The collection of baddies includes a twitching psychotic cracker called Hydell who delivers his own delicious one liner. I lapped up the whole nostalgic package and will no doubt wear out the DVD!
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on 26 February 2014
Set in the near future, a falsely convicted ex-government agent has one chance at obtaining freedom.

He must undertake a dangerous mission to rescue the President's daughter from rioting convicts.

At an outer space maximum-security prison.......

So basically the film is the rejected 'Escape From Space' idea of sorts they had in the late nineties, and Guy Pearce is a mix of McClane, Plisskin, and Ryback, but at least the film is fun.

Coming from the house of Besson, if you follow his brand of action films, right back to Kiss Of the Dragon, you know what to expect, and this is no different.

The effects are pretty lame, but this film is all about the bad guys, and the banter between Snow and The first Daughter.

The script can be poor at times, but the one-liners are something that Willis would be proud of, and the film is claustrophobic enough to keep it on the right side of tense.

It's flawed in many ways, and as i've already said, you may get deja vu seeing this, because it's 'inspired' by so many films.

But as those films are very god anyway, this passes the time with ease.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 2 January 2016
In this unpretentious, unashamedly derivative SF action B-movie Guy Pearce’s wise-cracking, disgraced ex-government agent Snow is tasked with rescuing the U.S. President’s daughter from an orbiting maximum security space prison after she is taken hostage during a prison riot. Pearce’s Snake Plissken-esque anti-hero displays admirable derring-do as he battles hostile inmates driven mentally unstable as a side effect of being cryogenically frozen and kept in a state of suspended animation. Accompanying the seemingly never-ending action there is an engaging rough humour, which includes a marvellously bonkers performance by Joseph Gilgun as a tattooed Scottish psychotic with glowing eyeballs, brother of Vincent Regan’s ruthless and only slightly less psychotic leader of the revolt. Good support is provided by Maggie Grace, who plays the President’s daughter with an appropriate feistiness and stubbornness and Peter Stormare as an uncompromising U.S. secret service chief. Despite a conspiracy backstory concerning a lost briefcase which ‘tops and tails’ the movie, this film is essentially undemanding and entertaining with a straightforward plot, no character development, adequate special effects, slickly and stylishly packaged and presented. Not perfect by any means, but not many films are.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 21 June 2016
Reminds me of the Ray Liotta 'No Escape' movie storywise. But I enjoyed that, so that's not a problem.
Its very violent and it isn't perfect, but I thought Guy Pearce made a convincing hard man.
The outstanding performances for me were the Scottish bad guys.
The brother who led the revolt was quietly menacing but the awards go to Joseph Gilgun as the psychopathic younger brother.
He plays the grotesque so very well.
Scary bet.
I enjoyed it.
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VINE VOICEon 12 January 2014
They called it Die Hard in Space. They should be done for false representation.
IT is an OK action film but it lacks the tension and excitement of that great film.
Some of the characters are fairly scary and pretty revolting which helps.. There is a bit of a sub plot in the hero (I forget his name but who cares) tried to find his ex colleague. who can help him clear his name. I still haven't worked out just what happened about that in the end.
Oh well, just sit back and watch the action, it isn't bad.
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