Critic Consensus: Guy Pearce does the best he can with what he's given, but Lockout is ultimately too derivative and shallow to build on the many sci-fi thrillers it borrows from.
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Critic Reviews for Lockout
At the screening, in between laughing fits, people around me whispered, in awed tones, "B movie, 1956."
It's laughably over the top but Pearce, a decent actor, anchors it somewhere between Escape From New York and The Transformers.
Shallow, silly yet infectiously good-natured, this is as guiltily pleasurable as dystopia gets.
The space prison set-pieces get the job done; only in the film's terrestrial bookends does this nuts-and-bolts action film show its rust.
Audience Reviews for Lockout
Not a great movie, but interesting and fun enough to watch.
A Sci-Fi action thriller so fast you don't even notice how flawed it is. Pearce's one-liners are way too entertaining and the pace way too breathless to notice how many other (and better) films were influencing this. It's not particularly engaging, what with the cartoonish bad guys and somewhat predictable plot, but somehow it's still a lot of fun and over sooner than you can blink, erm....think.
I see this Euro sci-fi-action brought Guy Pearce shifting into action-man mode. Action specialist and co-writer/producer Luc Besson has fashioned another slick thriller - with a twist of sci-fi - to rank alongside this Transporter franchise; while a buff Pearce does his best in a role more suited to Jason Statham. Fans of John Carpenter's Escape from New York will immediately recognise the premise although its safe to say that Snow is no Snake Plissken! Maggie Grace is as good as ever as the damsel in distress and the supporting actors do a bang up job as well. Guess what this is one of three Grace-Besson films including Taken sequels.
|Emilie Warnock:||So what do I call you?|
|Snow:||You know what, don't call me.|
|Emilie Warnock:||Did you hear something?|
|Agent Snow:||No, I'm just enjoying the silence.|
|Agent Snow:||"Shush. Don't saying anything."|
|Agent Snow:||Shush. Don't saying anything.|
|Emilie Warnock:||"What, do you hear something?"|
|Emilie Warnock:||What, do you hear something?|