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Starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace and set in the near future, Lockout 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.
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- Matt Holmes
If you enjoyed seeing Guy Pearce in outer space in this summer's Prometheus, but wish he had bigger muscles and a lot of guns, then have we got a movie for you. In Lockout, the futuristic thriller from directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, Pearce plays an old-school American badass in the model of Snake Plissken or John McClane. He's in prison for a crime he didn't commit, and is offered a chance at freedom by taking on what looks like a suicidal assignment: travel to the outer-space prison that houses the worst of the worst criminals, where a breakout has been staged and the President's daughter (Maggie Grace) is being held hostage. Lots of kicking, punching, shooting and other macho stuff happens from there, and Lockout fulfills basically every promise you get from its intense images and trailers, or even the clip you can see at the bottom »
Luc Besson‘s latest produced project Lockout is another high concept low delivery sort of film. Lockout tries mashing together Blade Runner, Die Hard and Escape from New York, but the outcome isn’t nearly as impressive. It’s actually a complete bore, with little bloodshed and not enough memorable one-liners, despite lead star Guy Pearce trying his best to sell you on his new badass persona. Lockout fails because of its low budget and a pair of directors that have no idea what they’re doing behind the lens.
In the near future the Us government will establish a prison system in space. It is home to the most dangerous offenders in the world and once you’re sent there it’s basically lights out. They put the inmates into a deep sleep, which allows for safety and convenience, but by doing so they create extreme risk of a »
- Jeremy Lebens
After their Internet sci-fi sensation Prey Alone caught the attention of Luc Besson and EuropaCorp, Irish directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger got the leverage they needed to take on a larger-scale project — resulting in the thriller Lockout. The film’s story centers on a future experimental prison in space where 500 of Earth’s most dangerous convicts are kept in an artificial state of hibernation. When the president’s daughter, Emilie Warnock (Maggie Grace), leads a humanitarian expedition to the prison and the inmates are awoken, the ensuing mutiny has the first daughter at the center of a hostage situation. [...] »
- Karl Paloucek
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Executive produced and co-written by Luc Besson, who brought us the sci-fi awesomeness that is The Fifth Element and came up with the idea for Lockout, the film stars Guy Pearce (Memento) as a man who’s wrong convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. Pearce is offered his freedom if he can rescue the President’s daughter (Maggie Grace, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1) from an outer space prison when it’s taken over by voilent inmates. Apparently, it’s an offer he can’t refuse.
French producer Luc Besson (the Transporter trilogy) has made a name for himself (and others) pumping out high-octane, adrenaline-fueled schlock. Thrillers that only pause to deliver a well-timed one-liner, while a tough-as-nails hero (usually European) blasts away bad guys to save a fragile victim and complete his mission. His movies are made up of mostly standard stuff, red meat for red-blooded males, but at least they move.
Besson’s latest run-and-gun is a high-concept sci-fi noir set in the year 2079. Except the “high” concept is essentially “Escape from New York in space” since the movie lifts the entire plot, in which a wise-cracking antihero must rescue an innocent official stranded in a futuristic prison overtaken by psychotic convicts. James Mather and Stephen St. Leger share directing duties on their first feature and co-writing credits with Besson, but struggle to represent anything especially inventive. As a result, your enjoyment will depend »
- Jeff Leins
Lockout hits UK cinemas today and stars Guy Pearce as Snow, a former government agent agent who is framed for a crime that he didn’t commit. When convicted, he’s sent to Ms-1, a maximum security prison which is in orbit between Earth and the moon. While doing his best to avoid capture and then ultimately to prove his innocence, a riot ensures on Ms-1 during an inspection by the president’s daughter (Maggie Grace) and there’s only one man who can save the day! You guess it, Guy Pearce to the rescue!
Lockout comes from the mind of Luc Besson who we’ve come to expect great things from and Lockout most definitely doesn’t disappoint. James Mather and Stephen St. Leger co-direct the film adding different elements to what we see on screen as James is far more cinematographer based with Stephen focused much more around »
- David Sztypuljak
Early this week, Brad Bird confirmed, via an interview with Crave, what many had long assumed: despite "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" being the most successful entry in the franchise to date, the Pixar veteran will not be returning for another crack at the Tom Cruise-led spy series, saying that, "I think that one of the things that’s fun about the series is that they always pull in a different director and try to get a different kind of take on the premise."
With Paramount keen to get the balling rolling on the next entry after the $700 million success of 'Ghost Protocol' -- and hoping to avoid the five year gap between the last couple of movies -- it likely won't be long before the search for a helmer begins in earnest. Of course, Paramount may not have much say in the hiring of the director: Cruise has always led this series, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Misfits' star Joe Gilgun has revealed he has been in Dublin to film scenes for BBC One thriller 'Ripper Street'. Fresh from his performance in 'Lockout', the sci-fi adventure written by Irish duo Stephen St. Leger and James Mather, the actor has said he has landed a “guest lead role” on the Jack the Ripper-based drama, which is currently filming in Clancy Barracks in Dublin, and stars 'Pride and Prejudice' actor Matthew Macfadyen and 'Game of Thrones' actor Jerome Flynn. »
Maggie Grace, Guy Pearce, Lockout Box Office: Peter Farrelly / Bobby Farrelly's The Three Stooges, Drew Goddard / Chris Hemsworth's The Cabin In The Woods Disappoint Tarsem Singh's Mirror Mirror has proven itself more resilient than expected. Down 37%, the comedy fantasy grossed $7 million at no. 6, for a total of $49.96 million in North America according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Needless to say, Mirror Mirror will pass the $50 million mark at the domestic box office on Monday. Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, and Armie Hammer star. As of April 8, Mirror Mirror had collected $40 million overseas. Its key international market is Russia, where it grossed $9.64 million. But the film has also performed relatively well ($2m+) in Spain, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Australia, and Italy. Its reported cost is $85 million. At no. 7, Jonathan Liebesman / Sam Worthington's Wrath of the Titans drew $6.9 million (-53%) for a cume of $71.25 million. The »
- Zac Gille
Fran Kranz, The Cabin in the Woods Gary Ross / Jennifer Lawrence / Josh Hutcherson / Liam Hemsworth's The Hunger Games Box Office: 1st Female-Centered Movie in Two Decades to Top Four Weekends At no. 2 on Friday, April 13, Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly's The Three Stooges brought in $5.62 million at 3,477 sites for a so-so $1,647 per-theater average according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The Farrellys' comedy is expected to rake in $17.5 million by Sunday evening. Despite a mediocre 46% approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics, The Three Stooges should fare relatively well over the weekend proper thanks to kiddie matinees. The $30 million-budgeted, 20th Century Fox-distributed comedy features Chris Diamantopoulos (Moe), Sean Hayes (Larry), Will Sasso (Curly), Jane Lynch, Sofia Vergara, and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls). At a close no. 3 on Friday, Drew Goddard's The Cabin in the Woods took in an estimated $5.5 million at 2,811 locations. So far, »
- Zac Gille
Irish co-directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger will shortly unveil Lockout, one of the most anticipated sci-fi action films of the year, and if Irish directors aren't known for space operas that's all to the good - the new film promises to surpass the usual guns and robots fare. According to Spinoff, the action begins when the U.S. President’s daughter Emilie is kidnapped by inmates of a maximum-security prison that's orbiting the Earth. The call goes out to Agent Snow (played by Guy Pearce) the witty and at all times cool space cop. Snow and Emilie must escape the floating prison before the military blow it to pieces. Co-stars Maggie Grace and Peter Stormare told reporters that far from being a chilly lost in space caper, the script possessed a rare degree of humor that easily made its way onto the set. Working with Guy Pearce, the film's action hero, »
Filmmaker Luc Besson is just as well known for finding new directors as he is for his own movies. After discovering rising talents such as Alexandre Aja, Louis Leterrier, and Pierre Morel, the writer-producer has handed the reins over to new filmmakers James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, who make their directorial debut with Lockout, which hits theaters nationwide April 13 and was written and produced by Luc Besson.
Guy Pearce stars as the wise-cracking Snow, who takes on an incredibly dangerous mission to rescue the President of the United States' daughter, Emilie (Maggie Grace), from the convicts aboard space prison Ms-One. I had a chance to sit down with both Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace to discuss this sci-fi thriller. Check out what they had to say in our exclusive video interviews.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? James Mather & Stephen St. Leger's Lockout aka Section 8 aka Escape from Ms One, featuring Snow, played by Guy Pearce. A futuristic concept conceived and co-written by Luc Besson, this sci-fi action comedy thriller is about a space station prison called Ms One that gets overtaken when they capture the President's daughter, played by Maggie Grace, and send in an ex-mercenary to rescue her. So how is it? Does Pearce channel Snake Plissken? Any good, or just a sci-fi ripoff? If you've seen it, leave a comment below with your own thoughts on Mather & St. Leger's Lockout. To fuel the fire, I saw Lockout and I despised it, it's so bad. So unbelievably bad, I couldn't even understand how this was made. Not only is there a utterly appalling motorcycle chase made with CG from a 90s video game console, »
- Alex Billington
Chicago – The annoying and boring “Lockout” is a pile of aggressive junk masquerading as a good time. Some critics and viewers will pretend that this is a “fun B-movie” just because it has a few over-the-top sequences (that look completely cartoonish), an absolutely ridiculous premise, and a scenery-chewing performance from the great Guy Pearce. Don’t believe them. They’re making excuses for a movie that’s totally bereft of creative storytelling and has a screenplay that most straight-to-video directors would say needs a rewrite.
“Lockout” starts promisingly in concept and the casting of its leading man. Lest you think I’m some pretentious film critic who can’t get into a well-made B-movie, the idea of an “Escape From New York” in space with the underrated Guy Pearce in the Snake Plissken role seemed like a slam dunk. How do you screw that up? Watch “Lockout” and find out. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Screen Rant’s Ben Kendrick reviews Lockout
Despite a solid headliner in Guy Pearce, the underwhelming marketing for Lockout, which makes the project look like a direct-to-dvd experience, has been enough to cause a lot of moviegoers to forget that the film was actually developed by well-known thriller writer/director/producer Luc Besson (The Fifth Element and Taken). While Besson outsourced directorial duties to untested feature co-helmers, James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, the fan-favorite producer was still instrumental in crafting the Lockout story – as well as overseeing production.
As a result, it’s no surprise that Lockout features plenty of Besson’s staple calling cards: most notably a snarky and rough-around-the-edges (but charming) leading man, as well as some hard-hitting action set-pieces, among other things. However, do Mather and St. Leger successfully carry Besson’s concept across the ...
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- Ben Kendrick
Happy Friday the 13th everyone! Jason is putting on the hockey mask and black cats everywhere are doing wind sprints to make sure they won’t miss you when you walk past. Not sure how to beat all the bad luck? Try going to the movies (and leaving your umbrella at home)! Toads and goldfish aren’t allowed in theaters and there are no mirrors to break or cracks in the floor to step on. Plus, the horror, thriller, romantic comedy, and documentary films coming out this weekend should provide great distraction. But be sure to bring some salt with you. Just in case.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Friday the 13th without a horror flick. Our requisite scream-a-minute release is “The Cabin in the Woods,” from first time director Drew Goddard, best known for writing “Cloverfield.” The film is co-written by Goddard and Joss Whedon, creator of the »
- Emma Bernstein
Lockout is a non-sensical, direct-to-video, video game-esque sci-fi actioner that appears to have been written in a matter of hours, filmed over a couple of days and glossed up in a month's worth of post-production. This is, quite simply, not a very good movie. Yet, somehow, Guy Pearce playing the sardonic hero with all the good lines, makes everything seem as if it's not so bad. He's unable to save the film to the point you can look passed the obvious dialogue and overcooked plot, but if I were to catch this on television one night I probably wouldn't change the channel... at least not right away.
Set in the year 2079, Lockout begins with ex-cia agent, Snow (Pearce), being interrogated for a crime that isn't all that it seems (when is it ever?). Fortunately for him, his scheduled imprisonment aboard the space prison Ms One, where the convicts are kept »
- Brad Brevet
Running Time: 1 hr 32 mins
Release Date: April 13, 2012
Plot: In the year 2079, a prisoner (Pearce) is offered freedom if he can rescue the President’s daughter (Grace) from a prison in space that has been overrun by inmates.
Who’S It For?: If the thought of past action classics like Die Hard or The Rock leaves you feeling a bit nostalgic for the simple joys of explosions and gunfire, Lockout will probably be a fulfilling experience. Those looking for a well-made, clever romp of special effects and originality better look elsewhere.
Expectations: The appearance of Pearce in an action movie produced by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) felt random … until I remembered what Taken did for Liam Neeson’s badass credibility. As for this movie by itself, the poster »
- Nick Allen
ComingSoon.net has a new featurette on Lockout , which opens in theaters today. Written and directed by James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, the sci-fi action thriller stars Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare, Lennie James, Vincent Regan, Tim Plester, Anne-Solenne Hatte, Yan Dron, Patrick Cauderlier, Milorad Kapor, Bojan Peric and Mark Tankersley. Lockout 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. You can also read an interview with one of the film's co-directors, Stephen St. Leger, here . »
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