Friday, 20 April 2012

Lockout - Die-Hard in space? An All Of The Above Review

Directed By: James Mather, Stephen St. Legar

Written By: James Mather, Stephen St. Legar, Luc Besson

Starring: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Vincent Regan, Joseph Gilgun,Lennie James, Peter Stormare,

Guy Pearce is wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage is offered freedom if he can save the President's daughter (Grace) who is stuck on an outer-space prison over-run by blood-thirsty deranged inmates.

Now that the synopsis is out of the way I can get down to the real business, the review!

Starting with a literal punch in the face you immediately get the feeling that this film's main in the shape of Guy Pearce's Snow isn't liked by some, and you'd be correct, because Snow is a bastard in every sense of the word, but he's a bastard with a heart and that's why he's our main.

And it seems the film is full of bastards, maybe too many, maybe the film should have been titled "Bastards In Space" for that's exactly what it was. But I digress, because 'Lockout' is a low-budget Sci-fi action thriller that brings you back to the 80s action films you know and loved....because it's explosive and a tad on the cheesy side.

The script does feel a little week at points leaving loopholes for you to think about whilst the film is still playing however the dialogue does give us some great lines to think about too.

There were some great performances in this film too, coming from Joseph Gilgun (Misfits, This Is England) playing a rowdy, blood-thirsty scottish convict alongside Vincent Regan (300) the sinister convict master-mind, Guy Pearce plays a convincing bastard too.....slightly reminiscent of an 80's Bruce Willis....slightly.

The special effects were okay, some scenes looking a lot better than others (the bike chase scene looking exceptionally terrible) but as the film progressed you don't really think about it.

All in all it wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. The action scenes were good but the story really did lack that oomph that would run it along side some of the better Sci-fi action films.

See it of you like action films with a slice of cheese.

3/5 stars

By George Kleanthous

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