Lock OutI’m always a bit weary of films based upon an idea by “insert a famous filmmaker here”. I always can’t help but wonder, if the idea is that good why haven’t they made it themselves?

Lockout is one of those films and the idea came from the brains behind Taken, The Fifth Element and Leon.

Directed by James Mather and Stephen St. Leger, and starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace, Lockout is generic sci-fi actioner set in the future where prisoners are sent to a space ship called MS-One and put into stasis.

Maggie Grace plays the president’s daughter Emilie Warnock, who is investigating the space prison and has suspicions that the company running it is experimenting on inmates to see how humanity copes with deep space travel.

Guy Pearce plays former CIA Agent Snow. An enigmatic, resourceful and cocky maverick who is never short of a quip one liner. Framed for murder and facing time inside, Agent Snow has clearly seem better days.

With the president’s daughter on the space prison, naturally all hell breaks lose and the prisoners establish a mob rule and take her (and several others) hostage.

You can probably see where this is going. Agent Snow is then called upon to rescue her.

From here, it’s very Con Air in space – Con Space if you will.

As I said, it’s all pretty generic and by the numbers, yet mildly enjoyable.

This is in no doubt down to Guy Pearce’s performance as Agent Snow. With all the swagger and the lack of respect he has for authority, it’s hard no to root for him and Guy Pearce’s performance nails the character from the get go.

Maggie Grace in Lock Out

Maggie Grace in Lockout

I was initially under the impression that the chemistry between Snow and Emilie would come across a little forced, but they actually work quite well together.

However, the film does fail in its ability to provide Agent Snow with a worthy adversary. And despite a back plot that is resolved in the final scenes back on Earth, when on board the MS-One we never actually see Agent Snow face off against any of the main villains and this is a bit of a missed opportunity.

Ultimately, it also makes the prisoners instantly forgettable two-dimensional characters. We don’t know why they’re bad, we just know they are bad and that is why they’re in prison.

At the end of the film, all I could remember was how cool Guy Pearce was and how Maggie Grace essentially played the same character she did in Lost – which is no bad thing, but there is no stretch of her acting abilities here.

Overall, Lockout is a rather silly Sci-Fi flick and while it’s not exactly a seminal piece of film making, a solid leading perforce from Pearce elevates the film from a complete disaster to a mildly entertaining one.

Special Features:

  • Interviews with the Cast and Crew
  • Torsion Field’s Sequence
  • MS One Action
  • MS One Construction
  • Unreleased Scenes

About The Author

Colin lives in south west London. Looks like a hobbit and has been watching films ever since he saw Return of the Jedi at the age of 3. You can follow Colin on Twitter @obicolkenobi.