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Lockout -- A renegade CIA agent (Guy Pearce), falsely accused of murder, must overcome a gang of ruthless prisoners held 50 miles above Earth and rescue the President�۪s daughter (Maggie Grace) in order to regain his freedom.
Lockout -- A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.
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Lockout -- A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.


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Guy Pearce ... Snow

Maggie Grace ... Emilie Warnock

Vincent Regan ... Alex

Joseph Gilgun ... Hydell

Lennie James ... Harry Shaw

Peter Stormare ... Scott Langral

Jacky Ido ... Hock

Tim Plester ... John James Mace
Mark Tankersley ... Barnes

Anne-Solenne Hatte ... Kathryn

Peter Hudson ... President Warnock

Nick Hardin ... Hostage Negotiator
Dan Savier ... Duke
Damijan Oklopdzic ... Slick
Bojan Peric ... LOPD Technician 1
Evan Moses II ... LOPD Technician 2 (as Evan Timothy Moses)
Greg De Cuir ... Radio Technician
Thomas Kelly ... White House Doctor 1 (as Tom Kelly)
Daryl Fidelak ... White House Doctor 2
Miodrag Stevanovic ... Frank Armstrong
Charles Robertson ... Safe Room Technician
Michael Sopko ... Rupert

Yan Dron ... Hitman 1
Vanja Lazin ... Hitman 2
Marko Janjic ... LOPD Pilot 1
Stefan Buzurovic ... LOPD Pilot 2

Peter J. Chaffey ... MS1 Control Room Doctor (as Peter Chaffey)
Bojana Bregovic ... Secretary

Milorad Kapor ... Scar
Jason Ryan ... Corridor Inmate with Knife
Jovan B. Todorovic ... New Technician (as Jovan Todorovic)
Milana Milunovic ... Street Girl

Patrick Cauderlier ... Shuttle Pilot

Directed by
James Mather 
Stephen St. Leger  (as Stephen Saint Leger)
Writing credits
Stephen St. Leger (screenplay) (as Stephen Saint Leger) &
James Mather (screenplay) &
Luc Besson (screenplay)

Luc Besson (original idea)

Produced by
Luc Besson .... executive producer
Marc Libert .... producer
Leila Smith .... producer
Andjelija Vlaisavljevic .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alexandre Azaria 
Cinematography by
James Mather 
Film Editing by
Camille Delamarre 
Eamonn Power 
Production Design by
Romek Delmata 
Art Direction by
Oliver Hodge 
Nenad Pecur 
Frank Walsh (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Malcolm Stone 
Costume Design by
Olivier Bériot 
Makeup Department
Kevin Carter .... special effects contact lenses
Lucas Coulon .... key hair stylist
Cécile Gentilin .... key hair stylist
Laura Ozier .... key makeup artist
Miljana Pakic .... assistant makeup artist
Lidija Skorucak .... assistant makeup artist
Martina Subic-Dodocic .... makeup artist
Snezana Vujnovic .... hair stylist
Production Management
Elodie Glain .... post-production manager
Tim Morris .... post-production supervisor
Tricia Perrott .... post-production supervisor
Miodrag Stevanovic .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ljubomir Bozovic .... second second assistant director
David Campi-Lemaire .... first assistant director
Milana Milunovic .... third assistant director
Paula Turnbull .... second assistant director
Art Department
Milan Aleksic .... carpenter
Rajko Bakic .... props
Nikola Ceh .... set dresser
Branko Cvijic .... prop maker
Dusan Demic .... set designer
Jasna Dragovic .... assistant set decorator
Jovana Grahovac .... props department assistant
Barry Greaves .... production buyer
Ray Johnson .... storyboard artist
Dragan Kaplarevic .... assistant construction manager
Oisín Kelly .... on set motion graphics
Chris Kitisakkul .... graphics
Vladimir Maric .... painter
Vlasto Maric .... painter
Aleksandra Mihajlovic .... draftsman
Radoslav Mihajlovic .... construction manager
Yasen Mihaylov .... concept artist
Milos Milivojevic .... prop maker
Mirko Milosevic .... 3D concept modeller
Marija Nikolic .... art department coordinator
Graeme Purdy .... property master
Brendan Rankin .... assistant concept artist
Daniel Shiels .... storyboard artist
Ivana Stefanovic .... set dressing buyer
Gert Stevens .... concept artist
Matt Wynn .... set designer
Matt Wynne .... set designer
Sound Department
Adrien Arnaud .... sound editor
Peter Blayney .... dialogue editor
Ivan Branisavljevic .... sound intern
Stéphane Bucher .... sound mixer
Morgan Carparelli .... assistant sound editor
Blake Collins .... adr mixer
Michelle Cunniffe .... adr recordist
Matthieu Dallaporta .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Davies .... supervising sound editor
Lionel Dousset .... boom operator
Caoimhe Doyle .... foley artist
Najib El Yafi .... sound recordist
Vincent Hazard .... sound designer
Dean Jones .... adr recordist
Oleg Kulchytskyi .... sound re-recording mixer (as Oleg Kulchytskyy)
Gavin Little .... additional sound designer
Didier Lozahic .... sound re-recording mixer
Zoran Maksimovic .... adr recording
Eoghan McDonnell .... foley artist
Jean McGrath .... foley recordist
Ian Morgan .... adr supervisor
Nemanja Novicic .... second boom operator
Jordan O'Neill .... DTS Sound Mastering Engineer
Mihailo Stevanovic .... utility sound technician
Special Effects by
Olivier Afonso .... special effects makeup
Harry Bryce .... senior special effects technician
Mike Crowley .... special effects assistant supervisor
Chabbal Frederic .... special effects
Ray Johnson .... matchmove artist
Chris Reynolds .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Vera Agati .... compositor
Richard Bain .... visual effects supervisor
Kevin Berger .... visual effects consultant
Louise Brand .... head of operations: 4DMax
James Cattell .... senior compositor
Tim Chauncey .... lead technical director
Andy Clarke .... digital compositor
Ciaran Crowley .... 2D supervisor: Windmill Lane VFX Ltd
Louise Curran .... line producer: Windmill Lane VFX
Ditch Doy .... head of 3D: Windmill Lane VFX Ltd
Jason Edwards .... lead modeler
Keith Fallon .... technical director
Riccardo Gambi .... digital compositor
Emmet Griffin .... digital compositor
Robert Hartigan .... digital compositor
Garrett Honn .... digital compositor
Florentin Ionita .... digital compositor
Alex Ireland .... digital compositor
Zafar Janjua .... visual effects coordinator
Ray Johnson .... matchmover
Jenny Keane .... digital artist
Gerard Keating .... pipeline software developer
Ciarán Keenan .... visual effects coordinator
Lisa Kelly .... visual effects production assistant
Oisín Kelly .... digital compositor
John Kennedy .... lead compositor
James Kenny .... visual effects artist
Uros Lasic .... visual effects
Barry Lawless .... visual effects technical director
Duncan Lees .... head of 3D services: 4DMax
Matt Leonard .... vfx trainer
Miguel Macaya .... digital compositor: Windmill Lane VFX
Sean McGrath .... additional visual effects producer: Windmill Lane
John McMahon .... digital compositor
Noel Mulvaney .... CG artist
Adriano Mulè .... senior compositor
Shayne Murphy .... compositor
Ultan Murphy .... visual effects editor
Rodney Musso .... assistant colorist
Donal Nolan .... lead compositor
Sona Pak .... visual effects producer
Emanuele Pescatori .... senior td
Jakub Pruszkowski .... digital compositor
Luca Gabriele Rossetti .... digital compositor and matte painter
Jean-Marc Rulier .... cyber scanning technician: 4DMax
Leigh Russell .... visual effects artist
Aleksandra Sienkiewicz .... digital compositor
Ray Sullivan .... matchmove artist
Simona Tositti .... animator
Chris Ventress .... compositor
Paul Vorsman .... senior compositor
Nicky Walsh .... matchmove supervisor
Dayne Cowan .... effects photographer: VFX (uncredited)
Milan Alavanja .... safety supervisor
Milan Alavanja .... stunt rigger
Hugo Bariller .... fight choreographer
Alexandre Cauderlier .... stunt double
Alexandre Cauderlier .... stunt rigger
Patrick Cauderlier .... stunt supervisor
Lyne Doffagne .... stunt double
Yan Dron .... assistant stunt coordinator
Vladan Gostiljac .... stunt performer
Slavisa Ivanovic .... local stunt coordinator
Tomislav Mitrovic .... stunts
Ognjen Raduljica .... stunt performer
Marija Savic .... stunts
Tihomir Savic .... stunt performer
Nebojsa Simic .... stunt rigger
Vladimir Stevanovic .... stunt performer
Ilija Vekic .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Brennan .... camera operator: 'a' camera
Sasa Djordjevic .... grip
Srdjan Gojkovic .... local gaffer
David Grennan .... camera operator: "a" camera, second unit, additional photography
Eoin Keating .... focus puller
Oisín Kelly .... camera operator
Oisín Kelly .... grip
Nenad Maksimovic .... grip
Robert McRae .... lighting gaffer
Djordjevic Milan .... crane arm
Miodrag Popovic Misko .... video assist operator
David Pavlasevic .... camera trainee
Slobodan Pikula .... still photographer
Douglas G. Reid .... rigging gaffer
Nebojsa Slavujevic .... electrician
Branislav Stojanovic .... focus puller
Cedomir Subotic .... grip
Srdjan Ursicic .... second assistant camera
Veljko Vukasovic .... digital imaging technician
Animation Department
Darragh Duffy .... previs artist
Chris Dymond .... animator
Dave McEvoy .... animator
Matt Pidgeon .... animator
Casting Department
Aleksandar Adzic .... casting director: Serbia
Nenad Pavlovic .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Momirka Bailovic .... assistant costume designer
Magali Cohen .... assistant costume designer
Irena Rajnvajn .... set costumer
Ivana Rajnvajn .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Thibaut Blanchet .... assistant editor
Fabrice Blin .... colorist
Matt Branton .... on-line conform
Sarah Caraher .... post-production coordinator
Filip Dedic .... assistant editor
Uros Lasic .... assistant editor
Eoghan McKenna .... conform assistant
Eoghan McKenna .... dailies colourist
Ultan Murphy .... on-set first assistant editor
Jamie Turpin .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Uros Lukovac .... location manager
Aleksandar Tadic .... location manager
Music Department
Nicolas Duport .... music mixer
Najib El Yafi .... assistant music engineer
Gisèle Gérard-Tolini .... conductor
Gisèle Gérard-Tolini .... orchestrator
Anne Le Pape .... musician: violin
Alexandre Mahout .... head of music
Laurent Malet .... musician: trumpet
Sathy Ngouane .... synths and drums programming
Mark Petrie .... composer: trailer music
Samuel Potin .... score mixer
Nicolas Vaslier .... musician: violin
Fabien Wallerand .... musician: tuba
Transportation Department
Vladan Aleksic .... driver
Igor Kokot .... driver
Slavko Novakovic .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Jelena Beatovic .... cashier
Jelena Blazic .... production coordinator
Milica Bregovic .... cast assistant
Kristina Colic .... supervising accountant
Laurence Couturier .... script supervisor
Danijela Djokanovic .... assistant accountant
Sandra Djurickovic .... production accountant
Romuald Drault .... production accountant supervisor
Kris Edlund .... adr voice
Gary Hetzler .... adr voice
Sanja Ilic .... first assistant accountant
Tamara Jovic .... production assistant
Charlie Kranz .... adr voice
Sinead McDonald .... post production runner
Bojan Nenadovic .... armorer
Frances O'Reilly .... post production coordinator
Milica Pajevic .... production secretary
Tamara Pesic .... key production assistant: office
Dusan Popovic .... production assistant
Mark Schrier .... adr voice
Kathleen Sil .... pre-production secretary
Todd Spears .... production accountant: US
Aleksandra Vlaisavljevic .... assistant production coordinator
Luc Besson .... thanks
Deborah Boulanger .... thanks
Colin Devlin .... thanks
Claire Farrell .... thanks
Gareth Upton .... thanks
Josh Varney .... thanks

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and language including some sexual references
95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Factual errors: When Hock locks himself and Emilie Warnock in the room after rescuing her from the prisoners, a leak occurs which leads to an increase in Nitrogen levels. As the air we breathe is 78% Nitrogen, they would not notice the increase and would pass out through oxygen starvation.See more »
[first lines]
Langral:Again, what happened in that hotel room?
Snow:Oh, it was coupon night and I was trampolining your wife.
[Snow is punched in the face]
Langral:You're a real comedian aren't you, Snow?
Snow:Well I guess that's why they call it the punch line.
[Snow is punched again]
Langral:You don't like me, do you?
Snow:Don't flatter yourself. I don't like anybody.
Langral:With that attitude, I can see why nobody likes you.
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98 out of 137 people found the following review useful.
Thinks it's more fun than it is, but 'Lockout' is still effective, 14 April 2012
Author: Movie_Muse_Reviews from IL, USA

It's fair to say Luc Besson has gotten a bit giddy ever since "Taken." The man who once upon a time brought us "La Femme Nikita" and "Leon: The Professional" has instead taken to lighter action fare, in this case recruiting amateurs James Mather and Stephen St. Leger to help write and direct his "original idea." Exactly—not a "story by" credit, but "original idea."

That's not to say "Lockout" isn't creative, but it's definitely not original. Some might dub it "Taken in space," especially considering it borrows that film's starlet in Maggie Grace, but it's much more akin to "Escape from New York in space." Either way, "Lockout" is another simple- concept action film from Besson, only it has a bigger ego that gets in the way sometimes.

"Lockout" is good for kicks, a fact of which it's very aware. Guy Pearce's Snow, the morally questionable and reluctant hero written so closely to the archetype he almost transcends it, weirdly. He has a sense of humor best described as abundant (though sometimes quite clever), and Pearce plays him especially wry; most actors (think Nicolas Cage) would've hammed it up too much or been unconvincing.

Snow is tasked with rescuing the president's daughter (Grace), who is stuck on a maximum security prison in space that has incurred a major security breach. These are the world's most dangerous criminals, plus they have been in stasis for any number of years, which has made them even nuttier. Joseph Gilgun as Rydell, one of two Scottish prisoners trying to run the uprising, is a particularly deranged fellow reminiscent of a demented Groundskeeper Willie.

Both Rydell and the other main baddie, Alex (Vincent Regan), have a cold-blooded edge that could have made for an effective R-rated ransom thriller reminiscent of late '90s films like Air Force One, but the devil-may-care attitude of the entire movie ultimately clashes with these darker moments, even though they do make you take the movie more seriously than you would otherwise.

After a little bit of context at the beginning to properly motivate Snow, both he and us are effectively shot from a canon. The story only slows down a bit toward the end, but it mostly plays out as a series of dominoes. The action doesn't satisfy so much as the pace and the threat of violence (now here's a good example of how you do PG-13 violence), but it's well done aside from an opening motorcycle sequence shot on green screen and outfitted with an effects job that really shows the budget.

Aside from that, the futuristic sci-fi elements stay pretty classy—nothing overdone or distracting. The gadgets provide some creativity to a number of the sequences and the script manages to inject some unpredictability into a story that could not have a more obvious trajectory.

Despite the self-awareness at points, with a lot of that credit going to Pearce, Lockout tries especially hard to be entertaining on too many fronts, aspiring to be the consummate popcorn flick rather than just identifying one tone and sticking with it. The final scene on the space prison strangely evokes the original "Star Wars" Death Star run, as if to make sure the audience gets to munch on some sci fi/fantasy before the credits roll.

It's hard to fault "Lockout" for aiming to please considering that that spirit seems to be the driving force behind the movie's strengths as well as its weaknesses. Although the number of attempts at humor might catch some folks off guard, "Lockout" offers what anyone interested in the film would expect, if for no other reason than its built upon tons of tropes from previously effective movies. In turn, "Lockout" is effective, but not too much more.

~Steven C

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