Capturing everything that was great about 80s action movie cinema and updating it with modern-day CGI, Lockout is essentially Die Hard on a space prison. It is not a film to be taken seriously. It is most definitely a throwaway popcorn action flick featuring a wise-cracking hero, gloriously over the top villains and a completely ridiculous premise. In short, it’s awesome!
Guy Pearce, who seems to be carving a niche for himself in sci-fi, what with this and Prometheus, makes for a compelling action hero – his character quips his way through each and every scene as only the best movie badasses can, with each quip seemingly funnier than the last. Meanwhile Maggie Grace who, to be honest, was one of the most unlikeable characters on TV’s Lost, managed to win me over as the President’s kidnapped daughter, holding her own against Pearce’s Snow come the films conclusion. Of the films villains, it’s former Emmerdale actor Joseph Gilgun (aka Eli Dingle) who’s the real standout. His skinny, tattooed and disfigured appearance, married with a frankly twisted performance makes his prisoner one of the creepiest villains to grace the silver screen in quite some time.
Not everything about Lockout was amazing however. Sadly the film is let down by the CGI in some sequences, most notably the motorcycle chase in the films opening; and the CG in final space shoot-out looked like it had stepped out an episode of the 90s TV series Space: Above and Beyond. However poor CG or no, the film makes for a riotous cinematic experience and will no doubt fare much better on DVD and Blu-ray than it did in the cinema – this is the quintessential “beer and pizza” flick and as such will definitely find a place in my collection now it’s available to buy.
Lockout is released on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday August 20th, courtesy of Entertainment in Video