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Lockout (2012)

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Guy Pearce
Maggie Grace
Vincent Regan
Joseph Gilgun

Directed by James Mather and Stephen St. Leger

Distributed by Open Road Films and FilmDistrict

After a lot of thought I finally took the time to see this Die Hardlook alike hopeful, Fortress 1 & 2let’s not forget Escape from New Yorkreap off, and I have to be honest this is not a good reap off neither can it pass as a good movie.

The idea of a prison in space named MS: ONE was meant to be a good idea, hey! It was written by Luc Besson who was the principal author of Taken and its predecessor Taken 2 (both starred Liam Neeson), so you will expect a masterpiece in the making, but nope! We were given a loose ended movie, with a script that lacked innovation a never ending mayhem, and a bunch of prisoners with no idea of what is important.

Set in the near future, Lockout stars Guy Pearce who plays Snow, a military operative who was wrongly accused for killing a high ranking operative and was awaiting a prison sentence.
Emily (Maggie Grace) was visiting MS: ONE to confirm the truth that long term stasis has neurological effects on the prisoners.

While there the prisoners managed to break free from their warden and the officers and took over the space prison with the president daughter still on board.

The movie took a turn for the worse when the above happened; as the prisoners either had no idea what to do, or were just dumb. This is the writers fault, as they put together a movie with an adoption scene and a bunch of prisoners who asked for nothing but ran around killing and getting killed.

The CGI and action sequence were good, if I may add but that was not enough to save the movie.

Although the movie is a useless waste of cinema time, the actors and extras were really into it, probably thought they were in another movie, because all I saw was great acting by all the cast but a bad script.

Maggie Grace (Emily presidents daughter), actually did practically all her stunts, not that they were much or impressive.

Guy Pearce was tactful, in his presentation of the protagonist. The movie had all the old tricks packaged into one, I punch the good guy a million times and he remains standing. I punch the bad guy once and he is out cold.

All in all, this movie is meant to be a direct to DVD release but the producers just wanted to waste our poor cinema time.