‘Lockout’ Movie Review
After attending the panel for Lockout at WonderCon this year, I was really excited to see the film. What can I say, I’m a sucker for futuristic sci-fi action movies. A maximum security prison in space that keeps its inmates are put in stasis? Yes please. And then on top of that you add a cast including Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Lennie James, and Peter Stormare and it’s a win. Oh and let’s not forget that Luc Besson is also involved as the executive producer and if there’s something he knows it’s action films.
Lockout takes place in the near future and tells the story of ex-government agent Snow (Pearce), who has been falsely convicted and is about to go to jail for a very long time, but is pulled out to go on a special mission to rescue the President’s daughter, Emilie Warnock (Grace). You see, she went on a humanitarian mission to visit an outer space maximum security prison to make sure the inmates weren’t used as guinea pigs. Normally, the inmates are kept asleep, but unfortunately something goes wrong which wakes them all up and it’s a complete takeover riot and chaos. Of course in comes Snow ready to save Emily and get the hell out of there, well almost because he might have other business to take care of in the prison as well…
What I expected from Lockout was mindless fun and entertainment and that’s exactly what I got. Yes, there were a few cliches and the story is nothing mind shattering, but overall I enjoyed it. Then again as I mentioned above I tend to like these futuristic themes and this one particularly appealed to me.
The performances were pretty good, Guy Pearce has some great comedic moments and if you’re a fan of his, you’ll definitely enjoy it. Maggie Grace is well cast as the president’s daughter in need of rescuing (it’s a bit reminiscent of Taken except we see a whole lot more of her). As for Peter Stormare and Lennie James, well of course they’re as good as always.
But the performances I want to talk about are the ones from Vincent Regan, who plays Alex, the inmates leader and Joseph Gilgun, who plays crazy inmate Hydell. These two were the highlights of the film for me, in a scary way. Bonus: It took me a second to realize that I knew Joseph Gilgun from season 3 of the brilliant UK series Misfits (he’s great in that as well) and I honestly think he steals the whole movie with his performance.
Lockout is also James Mather’s feature film directorial debut and he does an excellent job. He brings the action sequences alive with some really cool shots. Pay special attention to the opening credit sequence (which you can see in the video below).
Overall, if these action sci-fi movies are your thing, you might want to go see Lockout, it won’t change your outlook on life, but it’s a fun sci-fi ride.
Lockout is out to theaters today, April 13th. You can watch the first 5 minutes below.