For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Prison Films, here’s a review of Lockout (2012) by Catherine of Thoughts All Sorts Thanks again to Jay of Life Vs. Film for choosing this month’s genre. Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Ryan of Ten Stars or Less. We will be reviewing our favorite Boston […]
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Lockout (2012) intrigued me…firstly, because of Luc Besson‘s involvement (original idea and screenplay). Secondly, the trailer gave me a view of a different Guy Pearce I was used to. With buff physique and quick mouth, he’s Snow (yes, Snow, but you’ll need to watch to the end to discover his real name), former CIA, who is wrongfully accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Enter Luc Besson‘s brilliant idea…sentence Snow to serve time in MS One, a maximum security prison hosted in space because earth has run out of space to “store” convicts. If you’re unlucky enough to be sentenced to MS One, you’ll be put into stasis until your time is up.
During the same period, Emily (Maggie Grace), the president’s daughter, is conducting a visit to MS One on grounds of rumours that the patients experience mental instability due to how they are kept. To verify these claims, one of these prisoners Hydell (Joseph Gilgun) is brought for interviewing and
three guesses one guess as to what happens…tada…he escapes and that’s not all…he awakens all the other inmates, including his brother Alex (Vincent Regan) as well as Snow‘s contact/friend Mace. The key here is that Mace knows where some evidence is stored that Snow desperately needs. Only problem…Mace has lost his mind from doing time. Oh, the other problem…Alex is running the show on MS One. And the third…Emily‘s importance has been discovered.
Here comes the deal…if Snow can successfully rescue Emily, he’ll be free to go once they get back to earth.
I thoroughly enjoy watching this as Guy Pearce yet again takes on the role with such ease. He has been perfectly cast as Snow with sometimes witty, mostly cocky lines that he delivers so naturally. Furthermore, Pearce and Grace gel well, making their chemistry likewise feel natural. I could watch anything (and I do) that has Besson’s special touch.
Directed by James Mather and Stephen Saint Leger, it also stars Peter Stormare, Lennie James and Tim Plester.