What I've Been Watching: The Catch-All Film Thread
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August 6th, 2012, 22:31
Lockout was quite a positive surprise. It's Sci-Fi action movie taking inspiration from Escape from New York, Die Hard and Minority Report.
The president's daughter gets stuck in an orbital prison after a revolt. Snow, played by Guy Pearce as an over the top John McClane, is sent in to get her out. The usual complications arise.
The film's biggest plus, apart from a brilliant Guy Pearce (he spent months in the gym as preparation for his role), is that it delivers what it promises and doesn't pretend to be more: Lockout is a big budget B movie. The kind of straight actioner Arnold, Stallone, van Damme, Lundgren and to a certain degree Willis made in the 80s. Lockout cost 20M$, looks like 40M$ and wastes no time getting to the point. Characterisations are short, the story thin, logic of secondary importance, the surprises follow genre conventions … but there's a lot of action, and Pearce follows every shot or blow with a sarcastic oneliner. Probably more oneliners than all other actors mentioned above combined over the last 20 years. After 90 minutes of old-fashioned B movie fireworks the whole thing is over.
Recommended if you can take it for what it is.
edit: Lockout is a Luc Besson production.
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