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Lockout (Unrated) (2012)



Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 123
Fresh: 47 | Rotten: 76

Guy Pearce does the best he can with what he's given, but Lockout is ultimately too derivative and shallow to build on the many sci-fi thrillers it borrows from.


Average Rating: 4.7/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 22

Guy Pearce does the best he can with what he's given, but Lockout is ultimately too derivative and shallow to build on the many sci-fi thrillers it borrows from.



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Starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace and set in the near future, Lockout follows a falsely convicted ex-government agent (Pearce), whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission of rescuing the President's daughter (Grace) from rioting convicts at an outer space maximum-security prison. Lockout was directed by Stephen St. Leger and James Mather from their script co-written with Luc Besson, who is also a producer. Peter Stormare co-stars. -- (C) Open Road

Jul 17, 2012


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At the screening, in between laughing fits, people around me whispered, in awed tones, "B movie, 1956."

April 23, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (2)
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It's clichéd, ridiculous, and very entertaining.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (5)
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The tag-team of filmmakers seems to have only two ideas - having stupendously ugly characters shove their mugs into the camera, or staging action sequences so dizzily you have no idea what's going on.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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Does a fine job of continually coming up with obstacle after obstacle for our two leads to dodge - not the least of which happens to be good, old-fashioned logic.

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"Lockout" is meat-and-potatoes filmmaking at its most basic.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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It's the kind of movie where someone tumbling in space above the earth's atmosphere opens a parachute and lands gently on earth without even gasping for a breath.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (4)
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They don't make 'em like this anymore, except when they do and you remember why they stopped. Daft, but broadly enjoyable if you're in a charitable mood.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4

Lean, fun, smart without overthinking things and always equipped with a one-liner, Lockout is refreshingly free of the bull**** that plagues so many genre films.

November 5, 2012 | Comment (1)
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Lockout succeeds as a result of Pearce - who delivers an enjoyable, albeit snide, performance as a government agent turned one-man-army.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

While Lockout matches Luc Besson's other film projects in its devotion to being nothing more than a slick, uncomplicated spectacle, the film's ridiculously botched execution and lazy action sequences make it ultimately fall short.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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[Seems] like the kind of exciting low-concept action schlock that producer Luc Besson could have engineered in his sleep. Maybe he had indigestion that night.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

Lockout is a film derivative of several notable genre classics, but the film does offer some entertainment value.

July 17, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

Whenever Guy Pearce's Snow is on screen, the film's a fun, brainless, action flick with a main character that deserves a better movie.

May 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

What surprises is how much guilty pleasure directors Mather and St.Leger, who sound like islands off the coast of France, rather than filmmakers, wring from Lockout's 95 minutes.

April 30, 2012 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

... [Guy] Pearce makes it fun.

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Even once it has run its course, Lockout is no knockout.

April 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

The only thing this film was missing was the New World Pictures logo to come up at the beginning of it.

April 26, 2012 Full Review Source:

Sometimes, it is all about tone, and while Lockout has enough flaws to shake several sticks at, it is a film entirely in the vein of the silly, riotously fun John Carpenter sci-fi forays of the 80s

April 25, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture | Comments (2)
What Culture

The first disappointing movie that concentrates too much on character and not enough on action.

April 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

James Mather and Stephen St Leger's debut feature isn't smart, it doesn't have anything to say about the human condition and it never takes itself remotely seriously, but none of that matters with a film this much fun.

April 23, 2012 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

The action beats, while decently handled, actually lingers shorter in the memory than the force of Pearce's surprisingly light and lively personality.

April 22, 2012 Full Review Source:

The most interesting feature of Besson's film is that the outer-space jailbirds are led by a Scot with a striking resemblance to George Galloway.

April 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Loud, longing to be rated R and at times just plain silly, 'Lockdown' left me wanting to see another 'Transporter' flick.

April 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA) | Comment (1)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

"Lockout" has a very minute amount of cheesy comedy that will have you laughing at it, but maybe that is the point.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

It's laughably over the top but Pearce, a decent actor, anchors it somewhere between Escape From New York and The Transformers.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Lockout (Unrated)

Luc Besson penned and produced this actioner that's motto could be "if you liked it in another film we'll do it, too, but more". Which is not bad. Not necessarily. No.
Okay, okay, I lied. It gets old once you figure out the plan. So sit back and amuse yourself guessing what film they borrowed what bit from.
Nonetheless Guy Pearce is always good (they begin the film with him falling off a many storied building. .. and getting up and walking away, let me know what the believability quotient was going to be for the rest of the film right off the bat). Spoiler alert (like it matters): there are two, count 'em, two black guys in the whole film, grains of pepper in a sea of salt. Guess who the bad guys are?
Peter Stormare , one of my favs, phones in his part.
August 31, 2014

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An instant classic. It`s Escape From New York in space, a film with lots of ideas and great homages to other pictures. A spectacular and pulse-pounding great-time at the movies. It`s slick, wickedly funny and loaded with eye-popping action. A non-stop, action-packed adrenaline-rush from start to finish. An explosive tour de force of fun that just dosent let up for a minute. Writer-Producer, Luc Besson does it again, delivering another compelling action film filled great characters, villains and a fun story. A great cast of stars deliver nothing but strength and fun to their roles. Guy Pearce is fantastic, he`s sharp, funny, cool and just plain awesome. Pearce is a charismatic and wickedly enjoyable action hero that you would not expect from his fierce and strong dramatic roles. Maggie Grace is excellent. Vincent Regan is outstanding. It`s smart, thrilling and tremendously entertaining. A pure roller-coaster ride that delivers 100% of excitement. A great movie. I loved it.
November 19, 2013

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Putting aside some truly shocking special effects, Lockout is a perfectly acceptable action film. I quite liked it in fact, the initial interviewing scene was really well done and even though the story was familiar, I liked what they did, and the characters/performances were all good. I really like Guy Pearce as an action hero, he did a really good job of it. He's worth watching it for alone! Ignore the overly-harsh reviews and give it a go!
January 9, 2013

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Over the years in which they've been churned out i've grown a weird fondness towards Luc Besson's exploitation B-Movie production stable. Though they have always prefered to carry plots free of realism and logic. Boasting scripts filled to the brim with stereotypical action wise cracks. At first, it was never necessarily a bad thing for me. I absolutely loved the Liam Neeson revenge flick Taken and i've always had a soft spot for The Transporter movies. I've always watched them with open minds and sometimes a good handful of his shlock can be enjoyed for cheesy pleasure despite their greatly unashamed stupidity. But what I can tell you, is that Lockout is not one of them. It's determination to be a deadly serious sci-fi thriller allows it to forget what it was that made so many other films in the area in which it exists so fun, and in equal measure how ridiculous the plot is. Guy Pearce's central performance lacks the strange charm of Jason Statham and Liam Neeson as unlikely hero's in Besson produced action vehicles. I also never found myself sympathising for Pearce's character, neither did I find his one-liners funny enough to maintain a witty script. He sort of attempts at Bruce Willis in Die Hard, it's easy to credit him for an attempt but alas the payoff is weak. The storyline itself is essentially "Con Space". It mashes up movies like Con Air with various plot points stolen from Die Hard and Assault on Precinct 13. But to little positive effect. Rather than taking inspiration from something great, it just ends up looking like an incredibly cheesy rip off. It also lacks the fun non-sensical action sequences seen in most Luc Besson fare. Honestly he produces stuff like this in his sleep, but somewhere in Lockout he must have slipped up. It doesn't help that the CGI is unconvincing which is necessary for this kind of movie. Plus the gag it builds a film around runs out of steam after the first 40 minutes or so. The bottom line is that although it's visually stylish, has worthwhile bad performances and tries to do something different it ends up being a lot less fun than it should be. I suppose when you start realising the logical flaws in a film about a heavily guarded prison overlooking the Earth you know the cheesy fun isn't going to start kicking in any time soon.
December 24, 2012
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    1. Emilie Warnock: So what do I call you?
    2. Snow: You know what, don't call me.
    – Submitted by William C (21 months ago)
    1. Agent Snow: Shhh!
    2. Emilie Warnock: Did you hear something?
    3. Agent Snow: No, I'm just enjoying the silence.
    – Submitted by Michelle A (22 months ago)
    1. Agent Snow: Shush. Don't saying anything.
    2. Emilie Warnock: What, do you hear something?
    3. Agent Snow: No, I just wanted you to be quiet for a second.
    – Submitted by John M (22 months ago)
    1. Emilie Warnock: What's that?
    2. Agent Snow: It's to stop the bleeding, and hopefully the talking.
    – Submitted by John M (22 months ago)
    1. Snow: Here's an apple and a gun. Don't talk to strangers.
    – Submitted by Bradley H (2 years ago)
    1. Snow: Loved da way u made smoking look good again!
    – Submitted by Mark S (2 years ago)
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