- Title Lockout
- Year 2012
- Run time
- Tagline Take no prisoners
Luc Besson (Director of The Fifth Element) presents this futuristic thriller about a renegade CIA agent (Guy Pearce, Prometheus) who is betrayed by his government and sentenced to 30 years frozen in a cryonic chamber, 50 miles above Earth. The only way to avoid serving time is a suicide mission – overcome a gang of ruthless prisoners and rescue the President’s daughter (Maggie Grace, Taken).
Title: Lockout Director: Luc Besson Year: 2012 Run time: 1hr 35m
Essentially, the reason we watched this was because it had the woman out of LOST in it, and we wanted to see how she got on with a big role. Then we discovered it also has Guy Pearce in it, which made it slightly more acceptable to me. And they billed it as Die Hard in space, which is hard to turn your nose up to.
1:32 - “I guess that’s why they call it the punchline.” 5:04 - This is a future in which they will fire a rocket at someone in a crowded street. 6:36 - They caught him in an actual net! 9:28 - The White House has seen better days. 12:17 - “In the event of a problem, it will beeb and flash yellow.” Those tags are so going to bleep and flash yellow later. 17:05 - It’s like Con Air but in space. 21:34 - All the bad guys appear to be Scottish. 25:31 - They get to launch their shuttle type things a lot quicker than NASA do now. 29:00 - He is proper amazing. 38:42 - I think it would be okay if Guy Pearce came to rescue me. 40:49 - Now we’re looking at Mission Impossible in space. 46:17 - Urgh, I’m not squeamish about that stuff and it was still grim. 55:07 - He just punched the President’s daughter. 1:01:15 - There’ll be some bleeping and flashing of yellow any minute now. 1:03:43 - Epic rage! It came with dramatic music and everything. 1:12:32 - There’s family loyalty and then there’s your brother ruining your entire plan. 1:13:43 - I like a future where people can just float around in space and a spaceship can be sent to pick them up. 1:16:16 - Oop, Air Force One in space now. 1:19:12 - Couldn’t they just send a missile instead of sacrificing all these fighter pilots? 1:26:35 - I just saw him as a dodgy cop in Line of Duty. This must be where they got the inspiration. 1:30:26 - He does owe her an ice cream. Well remembered that woman!
This was a terrible, terrible film, there’s no getting away from that. Predictable, some shocking graphics, key plot points that didn’t make sense and ultimately derivative of a million other (much better) action movies. Having said all that, though, I really did like Guy Pearce’s character, he had some brilliant lines, and he was hot as anything. So a bonus point for Guy making the best of it.