Lockout (2012) FilmDistrict
1 hr. 50 mins.
Starring: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Vincent Regan, Lennie James, Joe Gilgun, Peter Stormare
Directed by: James Mather, Stephen St. Leger
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy Action Adventure
Critic’s Rating: ** stars (out of 4 stars)
The sci-fi futuristic fable Lockout is a sluggish slapdish of a space thriller that sputters about without an original bone in its bloated body. Bogged down by shoddy writing, weak-kneed acting, recycled special effects, choppy editing, indistinguishable lighting, a cascade of cliches and a familiar blueprint borrowed from a number of past movies catering to the genre, Lockout is an uninvolving actioner that wallows in its derivative dribble.
It is incredible that the hampered Lockout had a powerful wattage of contributors behind its lackluster label. This Luc Besson-produced B-movie by-product was co-directed and co-written by filmmakers James Mather and Stephen St. Leger with Besson scoring a writing credit as well. Although there are intermittent worthy action sequences and glimpses of snappy dialogue, the grittiness and gumption behind Lockout feels somewhat stilted. From brooding star Guy Pearce overseeing the flaccid festivities to the sinister personalities taking shameless turns mugging for the camera as they chew up the scenery Lockout is destined to be another big-budgeted slight space yarn.
Anybody inclined to compare Lockout’s similar premise to 1981’s classic cheesefest Escape from New York would not be out of line to do so. The year is 2079 as we find our flippant anti-hero Agent Snow (Guy Pearce) in need of some serious redemption. The disgraced Snow, a chain-smoking ex CIA operative, finds himself in a deep dilemma as he is framed for a bad rap. As a result, Snow is being shipped to the “MS One” (Maximum Security One prison) in outer space. The prospect of heading to MS One does not look promising as the hardcore prisoners are subject to “guinea...