LOCKOUT (2012)

 

Directors: James Mather and Stephen St.Ledger
Starring: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace and Vincent Regan
Rating: 15

Never been much of an action fan film, as I always find they never have much substance and the majority of the film is CGI or stunt actors, and this was no different.

Set in the future we are thrown in the deep end of the action with Snow (Guy Pearce) being repeatedly punched in the face. Two story lines are intertwined within this film, although the relevance between the two isn’t much. The safest prison is now set in space, and Emilie Warnock (Maggie Grace), the president’s daughter, is going there to check the wellbeing of the prisoners. As the plot “thickens” security is broken within the prison and therefore the presidents daughter needs saving. Who better to send than bad guy Snow? From here on we’re lead by head prisoner Alex (Vincent Regan) and his off the wall brother Hydell (Joseph Gilgun – This is England) who seem to be running the show.

Admittedly there are quite a few witty puns made by Snow, which make him the arrogant but loving character he is, but not enough for my liking. Action films can often be tedious in my opinion and they need a really good plot to keep them going, but unfortunately this just doesn’t have it.

I did enjoy this film as an easy watch, but it wasn’t something that I could really sink my teeth into. If you just want a film to put on in the background when you’re chatting with your friends, then this is perfect, but if you want something with a bit more to it, then I wouldn’t recommend you watch it.

Verdict: 2/5

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