The chief of the secret service Scott Langral believes that he shot the agent Frank in a hotel room. Caught this late Friday night with my girl after the Drake gig and had a good night overall. These are the world's most dangerous criminals, plus they have been in stasis for any number of years, which has made them even nuttier. I would not recommend that anyone go to a theatre and pay money to see this, as it is on the low end of mediocre. But as I always say, for people who can switch off and enjoy a bit of brainless fun, this is a must. His wisecracks and mindless violence keep your attention. Good pace, strong acting Pearce is a given but Gulgun the real revelation - genuinely emotional stuff Anyone who slates this movie has lost their inner child or mid-teen watch it for what it is, not for what you think it reminds you of.
It's not nearly as gory as it could have been and that's not a complaint. Reluctant at first, he agrees to the mission when he learns from friend and fellow agent Harry Shaw that Snow's friend, Mace, is on the station with information that could prove his innocence. Overall, it was great fun. A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U. Maggie Grace is as good as ever as the damsel in distress and the supporting actors do a bang up job as well. They try to board an escape pod, but a rogue satellite crashes into the station, knocking it out of orbit and killing Mace. The film also sets up various time limits--a race against the clock--but never gives you a real sense of a countdown.
I loved this fun thriller, especially Guy Pearce as a wise-cracking agent sent to rescue the President's daughter from outer-space prison, where she's been making a charity visit. High above Earth, Emilie Warnock, the daughter of the U. Yes it's a re-tread of Escape from New York but who cares. Both Rydell and the other main baddie, Alex Vincent Regan , have a cold-blooded edge that could have made for an effective R-rated ransom thriller reminiscent of late '90s films like Air Force One, but the devil-may-care attitude of the entire movie ultimately clashes with these darker moments, even though they do make you take the movie more seriously than you would otherwise. Enjoy, and make up your mind before you let others do it for you. And that's exactly what 'Lockout' offers.
Joseph Gilgun as Rydell, one of two Scottish prisoners trying to run the uprising, is a particularly deranged fellow reminiscent of a demented Groundskeeper Willie. I love all of them and this was no exception. Snow is tasked with rescuing the president's daughter Grace , who is stuck on a maximum security prison in space that has incurred a major security breach. Guy Pearce is the show stealer as Agent Snow, the John McClane of the space age. . He has a sense of humor best described as abundant though sometimes quite clever , and Pearce plays him especially wry; most actors think Nicolas Cage would've hammed it up too much or been unconvincing. As with all these sorts of films, I'm sure critics and serious Sci-fi nuts are going to hate.
Snow and Emilie head off to begin their relationship. The two make their way through the station and come to the medical bay, where they find Mace, who has dementia from his time in stasis. Almost stealing the show from Pearce, but not quite, is Joseph Gilgun as the nutty Scot, sure to make you laugh once or twice, even if you're hating the film. The story only slows down a bit toward the end, but it mostly plays out as a series of dominoes. I'd skimmed a few reviews inc Ebert's avoid, even if you skim to the end, he spoils it and didn't expect much. The gadgets provide some creativity to a number of the sequences and the script manages to inject some unpredictability into a story that could not have a more obvious trajectory. Guy Pearce's Snow, the morally questionable and reluctant hero written so closely to the archetype he almost transcends it, weirdly.
Pearce is really cool and the psycho prisoner acts his socks off. I was a bit puzzled that the inmates in America's top-security prison all seemed to be from Glasgow and that it seemed to be co-starring George Galloway, but the performances are great. The point of the film is that the characters are supposed to get through a veritable obstacle course filled with villains, to arrive at a rescue point, but in the film, you never have any real idea if they are getting any closer, or indeed, where they are in relation to their destination. Hydell then awakens his brother, Alex, and the other inmates from stasis. There's lots of humour especially in the first scenes - it's like Pearce is doing a Philip Marlowe impression and the action is non-stop. Now the veteran agent Harry Shaw offers freedom to Snow if he succeeds in rescuing the president's daughter. Emilie wants to find out if stasis affects the mental state of the prisoners and also if they are being experimented on.
The Secret Service Director orders Snow to rescue Emilie. ~Steven C Thanks for reading! He is interrogated and beaten, but maintains his innocence and even pokes fun at a guard named Ruppert. If you're used to watching thrillers, you'll guess a lot of the plot turns but overall I believe it deserves to be getting a lot better reviews. After a little bit of context at the beginning to properly motivate Snow, both he and us are effectively shot from a canon. After being on my feet for hours it was good to sit on my arse at twelve on the night and just switch off and enjoy a mindless bit of action. Let the haters hate and the watchers watch.
When one of her bodyguards loses a hidden pistol to the dangerous prisoner Hydell, he subdues the staff in the central control room and releases the prisoners, including his brother Alex who becomes the leader of the riot. The film does not tell us much about the characters' backstories, but somehow you don't really care--this is a film about dueling stereotypes. Back on Earth, Emilie realizes Mace's incoherant words were a code, which leads her to a briefcase with evidence that clears Snow and reveals Shaw as the mole. If you've seen Luc Besson's Europacorp action flicks you know what to expect. Government agent, is falsely accused of murdering another agent who had proof a traitor was selling secret information. The effects are well done, the action over-the-top and exciting and it's overall good late night entertainment. Despite the self-awareness at points, with a lot of that credit going to Pearce, Lockout tries especially hard to be entertaining on too many fronts, aspiring to be the consummate popcorn flick rather than just identifying one tone and sticking with it.