Lockout Average Rating: 2.5/5
(Based on six webreviews)
Stars: 2.5/5 Site: nytimes.com
Realcinematic killer B’s may be extinct, but at the French film factory EuropaCorpthe B-movie ethos of cheap genre thrills endures. A co-creation of the hitmaker Luc Besson, EuropaCorp is the outfit thatfired the bullet-headed Jason Statham into international fame with the “Transporter” franchiseand resurrected Liam Neeson as a middle-aged tough guy with “Taken.” One of thecompany’s latest, the English-language “Lockout,”is as dopey an entertainment as imaginable, but it’s also a reminder that thefilm’s star, Guy Pearce, has always had great screen magnetism, to which hehas now added a bedrock of muscle. Also: he can act.
Stars: 6/10 Site: flix66.com
Despite someflaws, LOCKOUT is still high-octane fun full of fast energy and absurdaction. It’s not near as good as THE FIFTH ELEMENT but still better than COWBOYS & ALIENS and Pearce delivers the appropriate humorand grit to make it worthwhile. Clearly LOCKOUT isn’t for everyone but if youenjoy entertaining Sci-fi films with B-movie mentality, I highly recommend thiscrazy futuristic outer space prison film.
Stars: 2.5/5 Site: jewishjournal.com
Besides ascenerio I’ve seen thousands of times…over the top psychos with lots of tattoos,a damsel in distress and an anti-hero going against all odds to rescue thegirl, the main character, Agent Snow, spends so much time cracking one jokeafter another that I wanted to throw my shoe at him. I get it…This dude doesn’tdo intimacy, but does he have to be so annoyingly glib…Apparently the writersthink he does. Lastly, this film could have taken place in any prison…in anypart of the world…with the exact same script. No one had to travel to space tobring us a bad version of…‘Die Hard’.
Stars: 4/10 Site: filmpulse.net
Luc Besson’sname is all over the marketing for Lockout, the new sci-fi action thrillerdirected by James Mather and Stephen St. Leger. From a publicitystandpoint, it makes sense. Besson’s films are always entertaining, andhis better ones invariably become cult classics.Unfortunately,despite the fact that Besson both co-wrote and produced Lockout, the film justdoesn’t live up to its billing.
Stars: 2.5/10 Site: cinemablend.com
That line isone of many make-or-break moments in Lockout, when you can decide as anaudience to laugh at its audacity and keep going, or to shut down entirely tothis movie's macho, hoo-rah appeal. The charm here is a little thinner thansome of the other brash action movies to come from producer Luc Besson'shivemind-- it's no Taken, despite the presence of Maggie Grace as the kidnapvictim once again, and it's missing the blunt-force dynamism of District B13.But it also has a trump card in the form of Guy Pearce, who unleashes agrowling, muscular id as disagreed government agent Snow sent in to rescue theFIrst Daughter because he's got nothing left to lose. In his best scenes hemakes Lockout feel special and vibrant, but when he's gone, the movie can be asurprising slog for something so silly.
Stars: 2.5/5 Site: uk.movies.ign.com
As for theactual action, it's decent fare. When it's not hopelessly rendered alongsidecopious amounts of sub-par CGI, the chase scenes and gun fights are actuallypretty fun. Despite a few jarring green screen spectacles, the movie does agood job of integrating its practical sets and using a gritty lens to bettermask its low-budget production value.