Lockout is a thrilling sci-fi action film that delivers a nostalgic experience, reminiscent of the action movies from the 80s and 90s. It’s largely because of this that I like it so much. The action is fun, the acting is good, and the CGI… well not everything is perfect.
The plot of Lockout follows a simple yet captivating premise, bearing striking similarities to the classic film Escape from New York. It embraces its straightforward nature, focusing on the action and a race against time rather than intricate storytelling. This approach contributes to the film’s nostalgic charm, appealing to fans of old-school action flicks.
The movie takes place in the far-flung future of 2079. CIA operative Snow (Guy Pearce) has been arrested after being wrongly accused of murdering a Colonel, who uncovered evidence of a mole selling the secrets of the United States’ efforts in space. Today we know it as the US Space Force. No, seriously.
Snow is sentenced to the maximum security space penitentiary MS One, where prisoners are kept in stasis. Snow’s contact Mace (Tim Plester) is among the prisoners and knows where the stolen secrets are hidden.
Meanwhile, the President’s daughter Emilie (Maggie Grace), arrives on MS One. She’s looking to investigate what stasis can do to prisoners. One suspected effect is mental instability. The Warden allows her to interview Hydell (Joseph Gilgun) an inmate who, of course, escapes. He wakes up other inmates including Alex (Vincent Regan), who becomes the de facto leader of the prisoner uprising.
Snow is sent in, instead of being imprisoned, to save the President’s daughter. Sounds familiar, right? While there, he searches for Mace in order to find the hidden evidence and clear his name.
In the beginning, the subplot of Lockout may appear slightly convoluted. However, as the story unfolds, it smooths out, making for a more engaging and satisfying viewing experience. The film’s pacing gradually finds its rhythm, making it easy to be fully immersed in the chaos.
One of the standout aspects of Lockout is the acting, particularly from Pearce who delivers a memorable performance. Pearce’s portrayal of the cocky and charismatic protagonist adds depth and humor to the film. His character exudes a confident and sarcastic attitude.
He’s also great at beating baddies down, making him a true badass that keeps you rooting for him from start to finish. Exactly what you’d want from an action movie that harks back to the good old days of kicking ass.
While Lockout may not boast groundbreaking visual effects, the movie compensates with its old-school charm and practical effects action sequences. While some of the CGI might fall short of today’s standards, the film compensates with plenty of fun and great action practical stunts, the film still delivers an exciting experience overall.
Its primary strength is that it successfully captures the essence of classic action flicks when action movies were unapologetically fun and thrilling. With its simple yet engaging plot and great performances, Lockout offers an enjoyable experience that will leave action movie enthusiasts satisfied. So grab some popcorn and strap in for a good time.
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