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FTN reviews Lockout

April 20th, 2012 by Marc Comments

Lockout (12a)
Starring: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace and Peter Stormare
Directed By: James Mather, Stephen St. Leger
Running time: 110mins

Starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace, Lockout is set in the near future and follows a falsely convicted ex-government agent (Pearce), whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission of rescuing the President’s daughter (Grace) from rioting convicts at an outer space maximum-security prison. Lockout was directed by Stephen St. Leger and James Mather from their script co-written with Luc Besson, who is also a producer. Peter Stormare co-stars.

This was an entertaining movie as long as you didn’t look closely at the plot holes. It was action packed and I absolutely loved the character Snow; his snarky bad ass attitude coupled with rugged good looks makes him fun to watch and I think he would translate well to the graphic novel genre. The president’s daughter, Snow’s reluctant side kick, is a bit cliché. …Okay, really cliché relative to her storyline, dialogue and looks, but she is very pretty. The bad guys, um…pretty much the same. There were two other notable characters I enjoyed. Shaw, (Lennie James) is Snow’s inside man. Shaw is helping Snow avenge his friend’s death that he is unjustly accused of. Langral (Peter Stormare), is the guy you will love to hate. Great casting and good acting all around.
The movie has gotten some flak for poor CGI effects. There was one scene in the beginning that was so poorly done you couldn’t miss it, but it is just the one. All the other special effects were fine and there is plenty of blow’em up going on to keep action junkies happy.
The hardest part of this film for me to look past was the plot holes. I spent most of the movie saying “why don’t they just do this…”. The one that bothers me the most happens in the first 10 minutes of the movie and the whole reason behind Snow being falsely accused of murdering his friend. All they had to do was perform one ballistics test, and everything would have been cleared up.
I would wait for this to come out on DVD. It is worth a rental just to enjoy Snow’s character and the plot twist at the end that I wasn’t expecting. Then you can have fun picking the rest of the movie apart.

3 out of 5 Nerds
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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

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