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  • Summary: Set in the near future, Lockout follows a falsely convicted ex-government agent, whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission of rescuing the President’s daughter from rioting convicts at an outer space maximum-security prison.(Open Road Films)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 32
  2. Negative: 6 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Apr 11, 2012
    80
    Lockout isn't high art, but it's ridiculous fun.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Apr 11, 2012
    75
    More than any masculine heroics, Pearce's primary job is maintaining the tone: smug, irreverent, and giddily punch-drunk.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Apr 11, 2012
    63
    The idea of the president's daughter being held captive isn't blindingly original (it's an alarmingly dangerous occupation), but placing the story on a space station is a masterstroke, since we're about filled up to here with prison movies set on Earth.
  4. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Apr 12, 2012
    50
    Most of the time Lockout is pleasant enough, not something to recommend to a friend, but enjoyable in the moment. Guy Pearce has a lot to do with that, as the most impervious action star imaginable.
  5. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    Apr 22, 2012
    40
    It's just not quite as much fun as it should be, despite Pearce's best efforts and some good chemistry with Grace. Unusually for an action thriller, this could have benefited from being just a little longer.
  6. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 11, 2012
    40
    Movies like this are supposed to be ridiculous on some level. It's part of the fun. But, dang. Falling through space, popping your parachute and landing on the one empty stretch of freeway in some bustling future city? C'mon. We all have our limits.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Apr 13, 2012
    12
    Besson co-wrote and produced this cheesy mash-up of elements from James Bond and "Battlestar Galactica."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 48
  2. Negative: 7 out of 48
  1. Apr 17, 2012
    10
    This is no Fight Club or Braveheart but a VERY GOOD film all the same, if you have been getting sick of all the BADLY made movies lately youThis is no Fight Club or Braveheart but a VERY GOOD film all the same, if you have been getting sick of all the BADLY made movies lately you should see this movie. I don't understand where this bad rating or coming from......maybe people started liking bad movies like Transformers,Battleship or the like. Expand
  2. Jul 2, 2012
    8
    It's corny, it's old-school, it's funny, and it knows it. This was not made to be taken as a serious drama, it was made to provide the worldIt's corny, it's old-school, it's funny, and it knows it. This was not made to be taken as a serious drama, it was made to provide the world of cinema with a good old fashion shot in the ass of 80's action and over-the-top bravado. I loved it, and I especially loved Guy Pearce who played his part of the one-man-army-super-suave-badass beautifully. What's really terrible here are the reviewers that are overthinking this movie to a degree that is as preposterous as the plot. Space station full of convicts? President's daughter held captive? And there's only one man for the job? With the world the way it is today, we need something this fun. Expand
  3. Apr 17, 2013
    7
    For me, Lockout is one of those odd guilty pleasures. It was probably far from the best film released during it's week of release, never mindFor me, Lockout is one of those odd guilty pleasures. It was probably far from the best film released during it's week of release, never mind the month or year. It's a straightforward, short, fast paced, guns blazing, one man action vehicle that doesn't make any attempts to be cleverer than it needs to be. Guy Pearce stands in for the likes of Russell, Seagal, Willis, Arnie or Sly as the likeable rogue protagonist.

    It's unusual to see Pearce play a genuine all action-hero but he seems to be enjoying himself delivering some of the most sarcastic one-liners in film history, courtesy of co-writer Luc Besson and directors Saint & Mather. In fact, Snow literally barely says anything at all other than acerbic barbs directed at either villains or his damsel in distress. The relationship between Snow and Emilie, and the situation they find themselves in, reminded me of that of Steven Seagal and Erika Eleniak in Under Siege.

    With a budget of $20M, Lockout is relatively low budget and almost B-movie like but if you can get past the occasionally ropey CGI, place tongue firmly in cheek and accept it for the guilty pleasure it is it's capable of satisfying that action movie itch you get from time to time. Just imagine the most average parts of Die Hard, Under Siege and Escape from New York all rolled into one!
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  4. Apr 19, 2012
    5
    It wasn't terrible and it wasn't really good. Lockout provides some spectacle that will make you enjoy and feel a little thrill as it allIt wasn't terrible and it wasn't really good. Lockout provides some spectacle that will make you enjoy and feel a little thrill as it all unfolds. But the biggest problem with the movie is the multiple plot setup that never goes beyond skin depth. It's a shame, because this could have been a dark horse for best "summer flick" of 2012 had most everything not felt so rushed and cut off, but instead we get more of a missed opportunity. See it if you want, but I have a feeling there might be more big-screen entertainment value out of the soon-to-be released Battleship. Expand
  5. Apr 4, 2015
    5
    "Lockout" is a movie by a studio that decided to make a script by throwing the scripts of past blockbusters into a barrel and grabbing chunks"Lockout" is a movie by a studio that decided to make a script by throwing the scripts of past blockbusters into a barrel and grabbing chunks randomly until there was a unfinished script to film. At times the movie has a brush of the feeling of a good summer blockbuster movie but trades it for over the top action that seems cartoon like in a movie that demands realism. Guy Pierce is great as the hero but with dialog that goes on to long, the hero is a bit too dis- interested in the happenings around him. Mix that in with some quick editing, useless over the top violence, and yet another sci-fi movie race against the big bang at the end, and you have a missed opportunity. The idea of John McClane in space is great if only it was done a bit better. Expand
  6. Nov 12, 2012
    5
    Almost enjoyable in its absurdity. Almost.
  7. Sep 10, 2012
    1
    Cheesy as balls, Guy Richie's annoying as hell, smarmy and unlikable. The only thing which could have saved the film for me would be to seeCheesy as balls, Guy Richie's annoying as hell, smarmy and unlikable. The only thing which could have saved the film for me would be to see him get gang ra!ed by the prisoners at the end. An awful, soulless waste of money and talent. Expand

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