Becky and I went to see the movie, Lockout this Saturday at the AMC Theaters in Highlands Ranch, CO. The Fandango website at Lockout describes the movie as follows…
“A man is wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. He’s offered his freedom if he can rescue the president’s daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates…”
Lockout stars Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace in what I would call a remake of “Escape from New York” with a few twists. The first twist is that the maximum security prison is in space, the second twist is that the President’s daughter is being held by the prisoners instead of the President and she is a hot babe with a chance to get involved with the lead character.
The final twist is that the prison is now owned and subsidized by a corporation, which will probably happen in the future because the Government has the most incompetent people in charge and really can’t do anything right. In this case though, the corporations have been doing experiments on prisoners, but this is more of a side note though because this movie is all over the place.
Lockout is a terrible action movie that has senseless violence, makes no sense. zero chemistry between the main characters and tries to combine comedy with a thriller action film that doesn’t work very well. There are a few good laughs, but it’s very odd given the situation taking place in the film.
The main character is borderline super hero, much like the Schwarzenegger and Stallone movies of the 1980’s and 1990’s that were totally absurd. Judge Dredd would be a good example of this type of movie, so if you liked that strange kind of action movie this may be for you. It’s definitely a remake of Escape from New York with Snake Plissken, only the main character is called “Snow” this time around. Escape from New York is a much better cult classic than this one.
Becky hated this film and I had to wake her up and get her to go buy some extra popcorn. I thought it was okay, but it’s definitely a rental and not worth the price of admission. It’s one of those guy films where your wife is out of town and you’re bored, so you decide to go rent Lockout or you’re up late one night and it’s on Demand.
John – ** Rental
Becky – * Don’t Bother
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