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Clichés are the key to Lockout

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So apparently in the future, we’re going to have space prisons. Sounds good to me what could possibly go wrong. Well apparently plenty can go wrong and Lockout would like to show you exactly just what could happen when you put criminals in space. Let our standard action-science fiction romp begin.

First I’m going to get the negatives out of the way. Like the title of this post states, cliches are abundant in this film. You have you’re standard hero who is the best they have, but he’s a loose cannon. Oh man, never seen that one before. He has to be sent in alone to save someone in the middle of space jail filled with killer thugs. Wow, what a twist, and you’ll never guess what happens at the end, he gets the girl. Shocking I know.

Now it probably sounds like I hated this film at this point but this is when I throw you for a loop. I actually found it really enjoyable. Our star is Snow, the rough, and crude hero portrayed by Guy Pearce (Memento). Now, Mr.Pearce does a good job and it looks like he had a lot of fun with the part, but the character is at times quite unlikable. Our female lead is played by Maggie Grace (Taken), who is the president’s goody two shoes daughter that gets captured. Ironically enough they weren’t the main attraction for me. Yes, their relationship was fun, but they didn’t carry the movie. The real stars are the criminals, primarily Alex and Hydell, played by Vincent Regan (300) and Joseph Gilgun (This is England). These two absolutely steal the show, Gilgun especially, his character is a pretty standard crazy looking dude, but he performs it to a incredibly believable degree.

Enough about the characters though the setting is interesting and the action is fun, the one main complaint that actually really bugs me has to do with one scene. There is a scene towards the end of the film where they are escaping that had me yelling at the screen, “YOU CAN’T DO THAT!!!” Other then that I really don’t have anything to say that’s really negative, definitely check it out if you’re bored one night and want to have some fun.

7.0 out of 10

You’re here on a count of aggravated assault?

A case of mistaken identity.

53 counts?

I’m easily mistaken.


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