Friday, April 27, 2012

Lockout Trimmed Review

Hello, Internet!  I had relatively high hopes for Lockout.  Produced by Luc Besson, starring Guy Pearce (who's always underrated in my opinion) and Maggie Grace (Lost, Taken) in a crazy action film set on board a prison orbiting Earth, where Pearce's Snow has to save the President's daughter, Emilie (played by Grace) during a prisoner riot.  The trailer did its job in that it looked pretty cool.  And Guy Pearce as an action star?!  Sign me up!!  Right?..Right?  Wrong.

Lockout is so darn uneven.  There are kernels of an awesome film surrounded by overt mediocrity, mixed with insanely uneven acting and action editing.  Let's get this out of the way: Guy Pearce is the best thing about this film.  He's smarmy, witty, and a badass action hero.  Maggie Grace does what she can with the material, as does Lennie James (The Walking Dead).  On the whole, everyone is overacting or isn't really acting at all.  Peter Stormare is almost unwatchable.  The way he delivers dialogue is just cringe-worthy.  And most of this is to be blamed upon the directors.  This is their first feature film.  And it really shows.  The dialogue is overall pretty terrible, with characters saying things and making decisions that just don't make sense.  And don't get me started on the myriad plot holes: you're telling me that the giant floating police station just beside the prison doesn't have a way to remotely deactivate the prison's defensive gun turrets (that shoot down the police space ships) or to release knock-out gas in case of a prison riot?  Really?  I really don't like to talk so negatively about something that a lot of people worked on for probably a long period of time, but this film just isn't all that great.

Lockout is...a very mixed bag of an action film with hints of greatness that just falls short.

The Bearded Bullet.

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