Lockout - 1 out of 5
Lockout is an uninspired mess that spends more time borrowing/stealing from more popular sci-fi/action films than worrying about story, acting and special effects. The film's premise is basically Escape from L.A. except rather than infect Snow with the Plutoxin 7 virus, he's just offered a deal after he is falsely accused of murder. Oh, the film tries to offer up some more meat to the story to try and hide that lack of creativity by having someone important to Snow inside the prison facility but it's tacked on presence only amplifies the lack of originality this movie possesses and is quite transparent --it's kinda like that glass house that people are always warning about throwing stones from.
Right as the film kicks off, the movie gives you a special effects-filled chase sequence that seems to scream, "Why did we even bother?" Nothing says sci-fi/action epic like digital effects that look worse than the cheapest made SyFy movie.
|Yay! Cartoon special effects make the movie!|
|Cigarettes are weird in the future!|
|Having this character in the movie felt like the filmmakers were daring me to|
hit the "Stop" button.
Things only get worse as Vincent Regan plays the leader of the inmates. Not only is the character lifeless and completely mysterious as to why he's such a supposed intimidating foe (the movie never shows you why he's this way, they just tell you he is a badass because why show when you can just tell) but Regan couldn't look more bored in front of the camera. In fact, he even looks like they woke him up from a nap only seconds before "action" was called.
|This is the most intensity you get from Regan the entire film.|
But what about the President's daughter? Surely they got a decent actress for her. They didn't...and don't call me, Shirley. Maggie Grace (of Lost fame) floats her way through the movie like a set-piece rather than an actual character. She offers nothing to the film other than a plot device to get Snow onto MS One.
|"Oh shit! Am I back on that awful island? I can't go back to that show, I'd rather die!"|
|The check cleared, so Lennie James agreed to be in |
|While it would be cool to have Morgan Freeman narrate my life, I think Peter Stormare's|
unique (and often creepy) voice narrating it would be cooler.
Lockout comes off as a direct-to-DVD release with weak acting, a flat story, laughable special effects that slightly improve as the film progresses and sets that look like they were bought at auction from Alien: Resurrection. There's no action sequences that makes the film redeemable and the hero and villains all come off as lost souls with no real direction to go. Now, because I don't know a good way to end this review, I'm gonna leave you with one of those shitty tagline puns that pretentious movie critics wet their pants over for an opportunity to use and then gives them a false sense of creativity, purpose and grandeur...Lockout should have stayed locked up!