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'Lockout' 'Two Jews On Film' Agree This SciFi Futuristic Thriller Falls To Earth (Video)

  • Apr 10, 2012

By Joan Alperin Schwartz

The year is 2079...And in this so-called SciFi futuristic thriller, entitled 'Lockout', 500 of the most violent criminals are kept in a state of suspended animation on a space station orbiting above earth.  This high tech penitentiary is known as MS One. 

 I say so-called, because the sleeping prisoners are the only aspect of this film that can be deemed,futuristic or even, scifi.

The film was written (along with Luc Besson) and directed by James Mather and Stephen St. Leger who I guess are famous for a 15 minute short called 'Prey Alone'. 

Anyway, Guy Pearce plays Agent Snow, who has been set up for a crime he didn't commit.  He's about to be sent off to MS One for the 'big sleep', when as fate or the movie gods would have it, there's a glitch in the prison's computer system and viola...the bad guys wake up and you guessed it...all hell breaks loose...

To make matters worse for the powers in charge,  the President's daughter, Emilie (Maggie Grace) just happens to be visiting the prison to investigate rumors that long periods of artifical sleep can make these bad guys even more psycho than they already are.

Back to Agent Snow.  He gets an offer he can't refuse...'The Big Sleep' or rescue Emilie before the prisoners find out who she is.  And well, you can imagine the rest.

And here lies my basic problem/problems with the film.

Besides a scenerio I've seen thousands of times...over the top psychos with lots of tattoos, a damsel in distress and an anti-hero going against all odds to rescue the girl, the main character, Agent Snow, spends so much time cracking one joke after another that I wanted to throw my shoe at him.  I get it...This dude doesn't do intimacy, but does he have to be so annoyingly glib...Apparently the writers think he does.  

Lastly, this film could have taken place in any any part of the world...with the exact same script. No one had to travel to space to bring us a bad version of...'Die Hard'. 

On a positive note, I did enjoy the first 40 minutes of the film and for that reason, I gave 'Lockout' 2 1/2 bagels out of 5.  Check out our video to see John's bagel rating and his thoughts.

'Lockout' opens in theatres Friday April 13, 2012.  Wait for DVD

'Lockout' 'Two Jews On Film' Agree This SciFi Futuristic Thriller Falls To Earth (Video) 'Lockout' 'Two Jews On Film' Agree This SciFi Futuristic Thriller Falls To Earth (Video)

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April 10, 2012
That is too bad. I was kind of curious of this one. I was hoping that it will be sort of like a "Die Hard" in space or "Escape from New York"...looks campy as heck and I like campy. I am not sure, but maybe if I get bored, I'll go see it. Breasts? ok...hubby getting naughty? heheh. You guys are funny!

are you going to see "Three Stooges"?
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review by . April 14, 2012
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A Lazy, Uninspired, Action Satire...
Luc Besson is one name that also gets my attention when it comes to an action film and “Lockout” is one such film that is based on an idea of his. Take note: it says based on Besson’s idea. The film seems to be a tribute to all the brainless action movies that have graced multiplexes in the past. Ok, perhaps ‘tribute’ is not the right word, the film pretty much takes all the molded leftovers and cookie crumbs left behind by those action movies.      …
review by . July 24, 2012
There’s something to be said for never trying too hard.  Take Luc Beeson, for example.  He’s been making films for decades, but he really hasn’t been trying all that hard since THE PROFESSIONAL.  And, yes, I know all about THE FIFTH ELEMENT.  I’m one of those rare sci-fi junkies who thought much of the movie was garbage.  At the time of its release, I believe Luc Beeson was all over the place in interviews bragging about how he wrote the script for …
Quick Tip by . April 11, 2012
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Ok so based on the trailer, it looks like this could be a desent movie. There looks to be a bunch of action and some humour. Almost like Die hard or Lethal Weapon. Im liking the premise too, I always liked Original Science Fiction stories, its like a breath of fresh air into a genre defined by Star Trek and Star Wars.      Overall The film looks good, I cant wait to see it.
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My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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