Lock Up

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  • Summary: "This is hell and I'm going to give you a guided tour!" With these chilling words, the warden welcomes Frank Leone to Gateway Prison, a nightmare jail where every minute is hard time. The warden wants vengeance for the past; Leone wants only to survive the present. Their explosive battle of"This is hell and I'm going to give you a guided tour!" With these chilling words, the warden welcomes Frank Leone to Gateway Prison, a nightmare jail where every minute is hard time. The warden wants vengeance for the past; Leone wants only to survive the present. Their explosive battle of wills is the electrifying heart of one of LOCK UP. Stallone gives a monumental performance as Leone, a convict driven to break his own cherished code by a warden who will stop at nothing to get him. (Lionsgate Home Entertainment) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. 60
    Put the whole movie down to cartoonery...This is a drive-in theater battle of wills between the forces of evil and the forces of good.
  2. For torture and violence freaks, every clank and thud is duly and hyperbolically registered.
  3. 60
    The film is a sort of prison fantasy, in which all the most popular boys in the cellblock have a high time together, smoking cigarettes, working on cars and spraying each other with paint guns...All the while you're thinking, "What is this, ancient Greece?"
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Tunney
    60
    A hard-boiled version of Rocky, with enough anti-Balboa brutality to keep our interest.
  5. 40
    Lock Up is made in the same, simplistic vein as most other Sylvester Stallone pics - putting him, the blue-collar protagonist, against the odds over which he ultimately prevails.
  6. With nothing in the way of performance to cling to, the audience is left to marvel at the mounting inanity of each scene.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Apr 4, 2016
    8
    .........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Stallone is great Expand
  2. Apr 7, 2013
    1
    Think about every cliché about prison movies and you get Lock up. We have evil prison wardens, a North American prison which is portrayed likeThink about every cliché about prison movies and you get Lock up. We have evil prison wardens, a North American prison which is portrayed like a prison in Turkey during the 1950's. We have the "big bad" prisoner and a young naive prisoner, who befriends the protagonist just to be killed later. The girlfriend of the protagonist is harassed by the prison staff, like they would be some kind of dystopian society with no regulation and people's rights. Unrealistic portrayal of prisons and prison life. The acting is average. Expand

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