Oh, come on. People love me. Just ask your wife...
Directed by: James Mather and Stephen St. Leger
Starring: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Vincent Regan, Lennie James, Peter Stormare and Joseph Gilgun.
This is from the writer of Taken? Well, I guess you can't always find the X at the end of the trail. Lockout had an attractive allure though. A space station made for prisoners with no way out. Hardly ever the case where the main goal is to KEEP the inmates in their place. We get two plot lines. The one is Mr. Snow (Pierce) searching for precious cargo in a deal gone wrong, thus being captured by the secret service. And then, you have Maggie Grace playing the U.S. President's daughter making a humanitarian trip to said prison. Why does the good guy have to disobey orders? They strictly say no guns allowed past a certain wing and they still do it. And the commencement of our plot and why Snow is dragged into the situation for his freedom.
I should call out the various distasteful executions. One mainly being the video game graphics. The one that takes the cake is simply the motorcycle chase downtown of God knows wherever the hell on Earth. They spent more time on the look of the space station than the chase on the city bridge. The second is space station. I know, I know, a short sentence ago I gave it a small praise, and now I'm classifying it as rubbish. Well, not all of it is bad. Just some ridiculous executions that need not be explored in detail. Then you have a character who plays a great psychotic prisoner with an unbelievably thick Irish or Scottish accent (Gilgun) where I found myself rewinding just to catch it correctly. Bane sounds like a slow motion voice over compared to this guy.
The credit goes to Guy and the Gilgun for playing exciting and action driven characters. Paerce is badass, nuff said and Gilgun, although not thoroughly familiar with his work, played a very cool balls to the wall prisoner gone rogue. As Guy punches the living daylights of random guards and inmates, Maggie just looks delicious, Gilgun is foreign and Stormare is Sweedish who hates American engineering, thus oddly, is head of the secret service. How the hell did that happen? Still, you got to enjoy his cameos. His best are always in Bay's movies. My expectations were high, but I should have known better being a flick released early in the year to score a quick buck. Did it? I heard it bombed. Ah well, you can't blame a respected actor for doing something fun.
Overall, I can tell you a good numbered crowd went to see some fun action, and they got their money's worth. The rest? Rubbish. It entertained me for the most part, but what can I say? It's monsoon season.
Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus.