(On Blu-Ray & DVD Tuesday)
Let’s be honest right up front: Lockout is not a great movie. It is, however, an entertaining guilty pleasure if you’re in the mood for a bit of sci-fi action that doesn’t remotely take itself seriously. Based on an idea from Luc Besson, who also co-wrote the screenplay, Lockout stars Guy Pearce as sardonic badass Snow, wrongly convicted of espionage and offered a pardon if he can infiltrate an orbiting maximum security prison and rescue the President’s daughter, now held captive after a convict-lead takeover of the station. Sound familiar? Yep, it’s pretty much the plot of Escape from New York. And in a world where outright remakes and reboots are the norm, I have to give Lockout credit for at least relocating the action to a location that is slightly less nonsensical. The main attraction here is to watch Pearce chewing the scenery and Lost‘s Maggie Grace playing a more capable distressed damsel than she did in Taken. Lockout won’t be finding its way into many people’s collections, but if you don’t mind your SF with a generous helping of cheese, it’s a fun way to kill a lazy afternoon.