In 2079, in Washington, the ex-CIA Operative Snow is brutally interrogated, accused of treason against the United States. The chief of the secret service Scott Langral believes that he shot the agent Frank in a hotel room. Meanwhile, the idealistic daughter of the president of the USA, Emilie Warnock, is visiting MS One, a maximum security prison in outer space expecting to find evidence that the prisoners are actually guinea pigs of a huge corporation. When one of her bodyguards loses a hidden pistol to the dangerous prisoner Hydell, he subdues the staff in the central control room and releases the prisoners, including his brother Alex who becomes the leader of the riot. Now the veteran agent Harry Shaw offers freedom to Snow if he succeeds in rescuing the president's daughter. But the idealistic Emilie does not want to leave MS-One without the hostages. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
In October 2015, John Carpenter won a plagiarism case against Luc Besson over 'Lockout' proving clear similarities to 'Escape from New York' and 'Escape from L.A.". A French court ruled that enough similar distinctive elements from both Carpenter's films were borrowed to merit a sanction. See more »
When Hydell stabs his brother Alex, you can see the blood bag equipment. See more »
Again, what happened in that hotel room?
Oh, it was coupon night and I was trampolining your wife.
[Snow is punched in the face]
You're a real comedian aren't you, Snow?
Well I guess that's why they call it the punch line.
[Snow is punched again]
You don't like me, do you?
Don't flatter yourself. I don't like anybody.
With that attitude, I can see why nobody likes you.
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Written by Sune Wagner
Performed by The Raveonettes
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When I watched Lockout, I didn't even know it was from Luc Besson until I saw his name at the start of the movie. This got me excited remembering how I like his past films especially "The Fifth Element". Besson's films seem to have that unique polish and style that places them in a class between A and B movies. They always have some ludicrous scenes and effects included similar to B movies but they are definitely justified in the end by how much "Class A" fun and twists the overall experience it generates for the viewers. If we measure this movie on those aspects, Lockout is no different from Luc's other films although this one is special in a way that it brought back fond memories for people like me who were already actively seeing films like this back in the 80's and 90's. Lockout is a modern version of those films with some new concepts added from this era.
Some of the non-Besson films/TV series that Lockout reminded me of are Army of Darkness, Cowboy Bebop, Die Hard, Escape from New York, Fortress, Firefly / Serenity, Minority Report, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
I can see that Lockout, like most of the other movies I previously specified, can also have a cult following. So I truly hope the current generation will like this movie enough to give it a chance to have a sequel. Sometimes, you just need to relax your mind and allow it just the right amount of activity to enjoy a fun cruise like this type of films can provide. More power to Mr. Besson!
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