I watched this Luc Besson directed curio the other night, and I have to say that if you’re in the mood for a daft but broadly enjoyable film then this is one to watch.
Sure, it’s special effects are poor, the story derivative of John Carpenter’s Escape From New York and the sets look a bit fake. But the enjoyably sarcastic script and winning performances from Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace hold it all together.
The plot follows our falsely convicted hero (played by Pearce) being incarcerated for a crime he did not commit.
His only chance of freedom is to rescue the President’s daughter (Maggie Grace) from an orbiting space prison. Expect a slick and uncomplicated spectacle complimented by winning performances from the lead characters.
Lockout really does feel like a throwback to the action movies of the 1980’s. The ‘baddies’ in the film are wonderfully nutty and over the top. Joseph Gilgun as the insane Scot will certainly elicit a chuckle, even if you’re not enjoying the film.
Overall, “Lockout” is a very entertaining film that will find it secured the status of “cult classic” in years to come. It is neither clever nor original in it’s storytelling, but it remains a lot of fun.