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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 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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  1. For torture and violence freaks, every clank and thud is duly and hyperbolically registered.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Tunney
    A hard-boiled version of Rocky, with enough anti-Balboa brutality to keep our interest.
  3. Reviewed by: Desson Howe
    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.
  4. 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?"
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    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. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    With nothing in the way of performance to cling to, the audience is left to marvel at the mounting inanity of each scene.
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  1. Apr 7, 2013
    Think 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