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Friday, April 13, 2012

Lockout - Movie Review

Lockout takes place on MS-1 (Maximum Security-1) a space station built to house the most dangerous criminals and is said to have zero incidences and be inescapable since all of the prisoners are put in stasis. The president's daughter, Emilie Warnock (Maggie Grace from Lost), was on board interviewing inmates when all hell breaks loose due to a stupid decision and the prisoners all awaken. Apparently the only person who can save her now is the smart alec, tough guy Snow (Guy Pearce), who was being sent to MS-1 after being double-crossed on a government mission. The clock is ticking for Snow as the unstable prisoners start killing their hostages and the station starts on a collision course with earth. 

I actually enjoyed this movie though I'm not sure if it is trying to make fun of the sci-fi action thriller genre because it is a really funny movie. The character Snow is throws sarcastic insults on the fly as a response to almost everything, even wears it as a shirt. It was hard to like him at first but he wins you over with his cheesy but funny responses that the audience just ate up. Sarcastic insults seem to be also the premise on which the relationship between Emilie and Snow is based. The other characters are not so interesting. The villains lacked depth.

This is your basic action, sci-fi movie with explosions, hand-to-hand combat, guns, space fighter jets. The plot is semi-believable though the reason for the prisoners' escape seemed to forced. It is a very fast-pasted movie and the audience was never bored. It was very fun to watch and not a bad way to spend an hour and a half.

Lockout is in theatres Friday, April 13, 2012.

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