Lockout, with Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare, Lennie James & Vincent Regan. Directors, James Mather & Stephen St. Legar. I’ve heard that a lot of reviewers didn’t like this & rated it low, low, low. When I like an actor it takes more than rumor or even a merely adequate production to put me off. My instincts & character judgment are excellent, with actors, friends & items on a restaurant menu. As I’ve previously noted, there’s nothing wrong with a formula, if it works. This definitely works.
Pearce is most excellent as an action star with the plus that he actually is an actor capable of different character roles, instead of one way of being in a variety of films. Like the best of the action stars he’s able to buff up, thin down, chop his hair off or any other requirements required to do the job. What sets him apart is his ability to be different things convincingly, without resorting to cliche’. He’s never disappointed me. Ever. He deserves the big bucks, more so than a Cruise or a Damon.
The run up to this film was actually eclipsed by Prometheus, as far as Pearce was concerned. It is a pity his role in the first big ding dong of the Summer was so small. Oh well, we don’t often understand what we have in our tool kits until it’s running down the street.
The formula was the same satisfying equation used in Escape from New York or any number of others involving sending a tough guy to rescue someone important from a bad situation. Understandable & ready for an unlimited number of variants to fill in the blanks. This movie relied on the special effects, which were fantastic, a believable script, wonderful actors & a terse, to the point script.
One of the requirements of good science fiction is that it has to be believable & within the parameters of future possibility & physics. Unlike many sci-fi films, the technology portrayed wasn’t too fantastical; as it shouldn’t be since the setting is merely 5 or so decades into the future. There is a space station of enormous size & space shuttle-like ships to get there. Otherwise; on the Earth there are freeways & skylines that are not too shocking. It’s not an over-reach like Blade Runner or Minority Report. Both good films, but truly unbelievable. Whether people admit it or not.
Grace is a delicious actress that I want to see in more & larger productions. With what she had to work with, she was more than adequate – &… she’s beautiful to boot! Other than a few hiccups in the script, maudlin moments drawn out five or ten seconds too long, she was able to be a partner, action star. Lucky for her the big name was Pearce. He’s going places, maybe she can hitch a ride.
If you’re looking for a quick fix before going out on the town. See it. I recommend this film. It’s slick & has Guy Pearce.
There are weaknesses in the movie that I now feel compelled to note:
In the beginning; it struck me as sort of lame that a prisoner, who had been temporarily released so that Maggie Grace’s character could interview him, escaped so easily, grabbing a gun off an idiot’s ankle holster & then subsequently, he was able to easily release all the prisoners in the maximum security space station prison.
Pearce punches Grace in the mouth in order to make her look tough, after putting a bunch of goop in her hair to make her look something other than herself. She looks like herself with a punched mouth & cropped goopy hair. Lame.
Stormare’s character, Secret Service chief, overrides the U.S. President decision not to fire on the station which is crashing to the Earth because his daughter (Grace) is on the station. Using the standard incompetence thing with an already prepared document showing the specific law or power in order to override the president. Incomprehensible in any era.
Though it kills me to stab at a film which stars Guy Pearce. Thanks.