Film Review “Lockout”

Directed by: James Mather, Stephen St. Leger
Starring: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Vincent Regan, Joseph Gilgun, Lennie James, Peter Stormare
Distributed by: Open Road Films / FilmDistrict
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 95 minutes

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

I went into this thinking it would be just another prison rescue movie. Well the movie definitely proved me wrong. Not only was there action from start to finish it was also very funny and kept your attention throughout.

The year is 2079 and Snow (Guy Pearce) is being framed for murder. He finds himself in a no-win situation but with a possibility to clear his name. Pearce does an excellent job and has a lot of one liners that are very humorous. Emilie Warnock (Maggie Grace) plays the president’s daughter. When the two finally meet their personalities clash and find themselves in situations they would rather not be in. Hydell (Joseph Gilgun) plays a very psychotic trigger happy inmate. I do hope to see him in more movies.

The special effects were pretty good for the most part. At the start of the film when Snow is fleeing a crime scene there is a chase. This scene doesn’t look that well and almost feels as if you were watching a video game. Through the rest of the movie the effects weren’t as bad and done quite well.

As I stated before, this is not your typical prison break movie. The movie is filled with action and humor throughout. I definitely left the theater enjoying the movie more than I thought I would have. If you like action/thrillers this movie does not disappoint.


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