User menu

Main menu

Entertainment

Lockout

Release Date: 
04/13/2012
Rated: 
MPAA: PG-13
Star Rating: 
5 out of 10

A space prison movie? What could go wrong?

Photo Courtesy of Open Road Films | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
The Pitch: It’s Escape From New York...in space!

Photo Courtesy of Open Road Films | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
What it Really Is: Escape from LA...in space! What could’ve and should’ve been a great, fun action movie falls apart in the logic and (more surprising) the action department. The story follows a wrongfully convicted badass who must enter a rioting space prison to rescue the President’s daughter from space thugs...in space. Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace aren’t the problem. In fact, Pearce’s cocky tough guy character (Snow) is a nice throwback to the days of Bruce Willis, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the lovely Maggie Grace. And if you say that there is, we will punch you in the neck. But there’s not nearly enough action in this action movie. Perhaps wall-to-wall fight movies like the awesome The Raid: Redemption spoiled us forever. Still, what saves this from being a total trainwreck is it being reminiscent of action movies from the early ‘90s, before “action movie” meant transforming robots and/or superheroes.

Photo Courtesy of Open Road Films | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
Maxim’s Press-Ready Blurb: “This Lockout is a knockout!” - Maxim.com

Go Ahead and Leave Early: The movie opens with a silly conspiracy theory sublot that is soon forgotten, only to be brought up again during the film’s unnecessary final ten minutes. This subplot doesn’t really mean a thing, so if you have to pee, go ahead and leave when you think the movie is over.

Photo Courtesy of Open Road Films | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
Nitpicky Questions to Ask Yourself While Watching: Wouldn’t the frozen prisoners suffer from muscle atrophy after being frozen for decades? How do they all start running and fighting right away? And is “Guy” really Guy Pearce’s name?

PG-13? Really? Don’t let the rating fool you. This is one of the more violent PG-13 movies out there. Shootings, stabbings and punches abound. There’s even a flinch-inducing scene involving a needle and an eyeball.

Photo Courtesy of Open Road Films | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2012
Who’s It For: Action fans; prison fans; those who thought Escape From New York was too good; people on planes with nothing else to watch.

Studio: Europa