Oh wait, one thing, I am playing with how I am doing ratings now. I have decided that five stars isn't good enough. See, I'm going to give Lockout 8.5 stars out of 10 (?spoiler alert?) but with a five star system it would get 4.25 stars, which makes the movie seem a lot better than it is. Yeah, it doesn't take much math for you readers to do this (just multiply by two) but it does take math and nobody wants that. So I will just do it for you. You're welcome.
Stars: Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, and others
This space prison movie takes place in a future where we send our worst criminals to a prison private prison in space to be put to some kind of cryogenic sleep stasis thing, which makes me wonder if Lockout could also be a prequel to Jason X (or Jason in Space). Anyway, Maggie Grace plays the newly elected (or re-elected?) U.S. president's daughter on a fact-finding mission to the prison, MS1. Apparently, there are rumors of the frozen sleep stasis thing causing insanity and death and she just has to find out because that kind of thing is wrong. :/
It's nice to see Maggie Grace, famous for being the daughter in the Taken films, being kind of blonde and also not taken. **Spolier alert: both of those things change pretty quickly** In fact, within moments of being on the space prison, Maggie Grace is taken hostage by a genuinely scary psychopathic Irish (or Scottish or Welsh) rapist, who simultaneously sets all the other violent sleeping criminals free and locks out all command functions (I think).
Enter Guy Pearce, aka Snow. Actually, Snow has been in all along but he just wasn't that interesting. In fact, all of the exposition and set-up to the whole prison lockout wasn't that interesting. Anyway, Snow is an-ex SUPER SOLDIER/SPY/COP/whatever who is under arrest/interrogation for a crime he didn't commit. Unfortunately, the only evidence of his innocence is in a briefcase hidden by a friend who is currently in space prison. OMG! :/
Ok, so Snow gets the save the president's daughter and find out where his friend hid the briefcase all the while running/fighting a prison full of waking medical experiments/violent Irish/Scottish/Welsh psychopaths.
After the opening setup, the movie is a really fun. The dialogue is quick, the bad guys are terrifying yet almost sympathetic, and the action is exciting.
My biggest complaint is sort of logic based. It just doesn't seem believable for this prison, which is clearly packed full of the worst of Earth's criminals, to be taken over by a single bad guy with a small handgun. Along with the monster packing prison in Cabin in the Woods (review coming soon!), this has got to be the worst prison run ever.
How is it possible for ONE GUY to commandeer the entire prison AND set all the prisoners free? Yes, he points a gun at a worker and tells him to do it but . . . why should that guy be able to do that? I have worked at retail stores where regular associates can't even do returns, you need a key-holder or manager because the company, who does background checks, reference checks, and drug testing on employees, don't trust anyone else to protect the couple hundred dollars in the cash register or to do returns honestly. Yet, this one worker wearing a lab coat has enough security clearance/computer access to release the ENTIRE dangerously violent and possibly insane contents of the space prison.
There are a couple of other question I have about the logistics of how this prison is apparently run but this is the biggest one. I mean, seriously?! One guy with a gun may be able to get himself out of a prison with a hostage, especially the first daughter, but get ALL the prisoners released? Just doesn't seem probably, even in space.
Oh and a few of the accents suck. You'll notice them when you hear them.
Anyway, I give Lockout 8.5 stars out of 10. I highly recommend this movie.