Guy Pearce is Snow, a wise cracking, snarky action man, with skills that would make James Bond look twice. Why is he so good? We don’t know. Where did he come from? We don’t know. All we know is that Snow is charged with some kind of ‘national secrets’ selling deal and he’s about to get locked up in a space prison that’s going to be on LOCKOUT.
While Snow is on the way to the orbital whoscow, the president’s daughter Emilie (Maggie Grace) is visiting the prison on a mercy mission to see if the prisoners are being treated right. That’s perfect timing, because the prisoners just happen to break out of their cryogenic ‘cells’ at the same time. Snow is given the task of rescuing Emilie before anything happens to her, something he really doesn’t want to do. But he decides to do it because there is also a friend that’s been imprisoned there. That’s called a subplot.
I know Luc Besson likes a bit of zany humor in his movies, but they could have casted Bugs Bunny and gotten the same results. I can’t say that Pierce was bad, but the dialog that he had to work with was that kind of cliché humor you hear in other cheese-fests.
The action was okay, but you didn’t get any memorable action moments to speak of. In fact, the motorcycle chase at the beginning was some terrible CG. Many of the special effects were on the cut-rate side.
It wasn’t a horrible movie, but with the flat characters and predictable plot, there wasn’t much there to say ‘Wow, that was different.” If you liked Luc Besson’s COLOMBIANA, then maybe you won’t mind this. One thing I can say about his movies is that he likes to drop you right into the action. That first interrogation scene did make me laugh. I’m looking forward to Pierce’s upcoming role as Peter Weyland in PROMETHEUS.
James Mather and Stephen St. Leger directed the film as well as co-wrote it with Besson, but they both don’t have much directing credit to talk about. That also means there is room for improvement. I had more of a problem with the writing that the directing.
Oh, and the Black guys in here were knuckles. Sorry for the Black-on-Black critique, but they messed up. Again, not a fan of the writing.
Geek Soul Brother is only giving LOCKOUT 2.25 out of 5 COSMIC AFROS.