Lockout (2012) – A Laughable Video-Game Kind Sci-Fi Flick


Directed by James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, Lockout is nothing more than a video game-esque sci-fi flick with no worth whatsoever. In this film, if there is one thing that I want to reveal straightway is the laughable yet entertaining performance by Guy Pierce, who unsuccessfully tried to save the film from slick dialogues and an overcooked plot.

Set in the near future (some 60 odd years from now), the movie starts with Snow (Guy Pierce), a falsely convicted ex-government secret agent, who has been awarded a 30-year sentence at MS-1, a maximum-security prison in outer space. Ridiculousness takes the center stage when he is disposed to rescue the Emilie (Maggie Grace) – the daughter of the President of the United States, from rioting convicts and come out safely from MS-1, as a price to regain his freedom.

So, how did the President’s daughter find herself aboard a maximum-security space prison in the middle of the riot? Well, better not to go into that detail; it’s a sci-fi film. Just to add a little more drama, one of Snow’s friends is also in the prison who holds key to his freedom. 

‘Lockout’ Movie Trailer – starring Guy Pearce & Maggie Grace

If you think everything is fine till this moment, there is more to come with lousy acting and stupidity all around. Pierce along with bad guys led by cultured Alex (Vincent Regan) and his psychotic brother (Joseph Gilgun) somehow try to come out from a loosely written script, but everything falls short.

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Adding further glitch to your sense, the director certainly forgets what kind of film he is making; a sci-fi flick at least deserves some first-rate visual effects and good action sequences. The best example of one such terrible moment is the motorcycle chase, so dry and dull that it looks like a decades-old video game.

Generally speaking, it is all a mess. It is better to look for some of the finest video games to spend your weekend than to watch such a boring film. Yet, as I said, if there is one thing for which you would like to watch this movie is Pierce and his snappy dialogue delivery, at least you can laugh.

Starring: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Vincent Regan, Joseph Gilgun, Lennie James, and Peter Stormare
Directed by Stephen Saint Leger and James Mather
Screenplay by Stephen Saint Leger, James Mather, and Luc Besson
Release Date/Year: 13 April 2012 (USA), 18 April 2012 (France)

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