Monday, January 14, 2013

Lockout (2012)

Seen: On our projector set-up, streamed from Miles' hard drive.

SPACE JAIL. That was all I really needed to know about Lockout to pique my interest, I'll be honest. But when we finally sat down to watch it, surprise surprise, the promise of SPACE JAIL wasn't enough to propel an entire movie. Damn. Guy Pearce stars as cheeky federal agent (or something?) Snow, wrongly accused of murder and about to be shipped out to... space jail. It's the future, ok? But before he's locked up there's a space jail riot, and the president's daughter (Maggie Grace)- who was visiting- is taken hostage. Now Snow is sent up to infiltrate space jail to save her, while also hunting for his incarcerated partner who knows the location of a briefcase that could exonerate him.

This movie is so forgettable it was out of my mind mere hours after seeing it. I was seriously brushing my teeth before bed and thinking, "What movie did I watch tonight?" So I'm not sure how much I'll have to write about it. It's not necessarily bad, just disappointingly bland. Pearce shows off his biceps and Grace gets a shitty hairdo, they banter forcibly while some sort of background plot about his past troubles plods on. The action scenes are decent but there aren't enough of them, and the script is all over the place. I didn't care about any of the characters except for Grace's Emilie, and she doesn't get much to do despite being written as competent and aggressive. I don't know man, I guess Lockout is too dumb even for me, maybe because it's missing the self-awareness that makes such a ridiculous premise fun.

2.5/5

Pair This Movie With: Umm Luc Besson's superior film District B13 has a kidnapped lady too so maybe that's it.

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