Lockout Review
Ryan Revolver
4/15/2012

 

 

The year is 2079. Ex C.I.A. agent Snow (Guy Pearce) is falsely charged with conspiracy to commit espionage. His destination is M.S. 1, a maximum security prison in space, where the president’s daughter Emilie Warnock (Maggie Grace) is being held hostage by escaped inmates. Snow will get his freedom if he can rescue the First Daughter.

I feel like there might be some deeper meaning in this movie about how man is not meant to be imprisoned in space, but I am going to leave that for more intellectual people to discuss. You could almost call this an Escape From New York reboot. Pearce has all the qualities that an action star needs to possess: two days since his last shave, smart-ass one liners, and the ability to improvise with explosives. He is well trained enough to navigate the prison with Grace in tow, all while in a communication black out from his handlers.

The main reason for Pearce wanting to get on a confined environment with 400 sociopath prisoners is to find his friend who has proof of his innocence. His sense of urgency in finding the proof takes a backseat to ensure Grace’s survival. How charming.

While Pearce is crawling in air ducts, and avoiding two brothers in charge of the prisoners, political upheaval is taking place on a neighboring space station between Secret Service Director Langral (Peter Stormare) and President Warnock (Peter Hudson). This side story seems to be put there just to add another layer to the onion, and to show that bureaucracy and thirst for power still exists 70 years in the future.

I wouldn’t quite call Lockout a great science fiction movie. That achievement I will reserve for Alien, Predator, and the original Star Wars Trilogy (A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Return of The Jedi). Lockout was a good science fiction movie. I hope that this movie does well, because I would like to see a sequel.


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