Film Review: Lockout
The world needs Guy Pearce to make more films. FACT! Over the past few years he has been popping up in an eclectic mix of roles. Pearce has always been great even in the lowest quality films such as the floppy haired disaster that was Justice. Interestingly he has recently been reported to make an appearance in Iron Man 3.
With Lockout we see Pearce take the role of Snow -That’s right he has one name- (for most of the film anyway). When a film introduces a protagonist with one name and a smoking habit it generally means you are in for an all out action film. Lockout knows this and the other action rules and for the most part it sticks to them well.
Lockout quickly drops the viewer in the actions as we see Snow being chased from a crime scene. Conspiracy and CIA madness ensue and Snow is wrongly sentenced for conspiracy. His punishment? 30 years in MS-1 the high tech prison in space which puts its prisoners to sleep. Unfortunately all is not well in the giant powernap prison as the inmates have just woken from naptime and have the visiting presidents daughter hostage. Yup, it’s up to the chain smoking Snow to save the day.
If the last paragraph didn’t make it obvious the main problem with Lockout is the plot. This is a nuts and bolts actions film with many nods to its forefathers of the 80’s and 90’s. The plot is going to be contrived and this can be forgiven. There seems to be too much thrown in at times. One too many set pieces.
Pearce shows that he can be an ass. John Mc Clane and Snake Pliskin would love to have a drink with Snow. Pearce plays the dated action hero perfectly and Maggie Grace is believable as the president’s daughter.
With decent action throughout and a great antihero in the main role. Lockout plods along at a good pace. Considering a low budget the directors have made a film that for the most part looks great. One motorbike sequence does however stick out as being the worst piece of digital effects to grace a cinema screen in the last few years.
Cliché ridden and unashamedly trying to relive the glory of 80’s and 90’s actions it just doesn’t live up to its grand daddies of action. Worth a watch for anyone who enjoys an old school action flick but nothing spectacular.