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Lockout (2012)

PG-13 | | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 13 April 2012 (USA)
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A man wrongly convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage against the U.S. is offered his freedom if he can rescue the president's daughter from an outer space prison taken over by violent inmates.

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James Mather, Steve Saint Leger (as Stephen Saint Leger)

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James Mather (screenplay by), Steve Saint Leger (screenplay by) (as Stephen Saint Leger) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Pearce ... Snow
Maggie Grace ... Emilie Warnock
Vincent Regan ... Alex
Joseph Gilgun ... Hydell
Lennie James ... Harry Shaw
Peter Stormare ... Scott Langral
Jacky Ido ... Hock
Tim Plester ... John James Mace
Mark Tankersley Mark Tankersley ... Barnes
Anne-Solenne Hatte Anne-Solenne Hatte ... Kathryn
Peter Hudson Peter Hudson ... President Warnock
Nick Hardin ... Hostage Negotiator
Dan Savier Dan Savier ... Duke
Damijan Oklopdzic Damijan Oklopdzic ... Slick
Bojan Peric Bojan Peric ... LOPD Technician 1
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Storyline

In 2079, in Washington, the ex-CIA Operative Snow is brutally interrogated, accused of treason against the United States. The chief of the secret service Scott Langral believes that he shot the agent Frank in a hotel room. Meanwhile, the idealistic daughter of the president of the USA, Emilie Warnock, is visiting MS One, a maximum security prison in outer space expecting to find evidence that the prisoners are actually guinea pigs of a huge corporation. When one of her bodyguards loses a hidden pistol to the dangerous prisoner Hydell, he subdues the staff in the central control room and releases the prisoners, including his brother Alex who becomes the leader of the riot. Now the veteran agent Harry Shaw offers freedom to Snow if he succeeds in rescuing the president's daughter. But the idealistic Emilie does not want to leave MS-One without the hostages. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Take no prisoners.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lock-Out See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgrade, Serbia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,231,836, 15 April 2012

Gross USA:

$14,326,864

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,204,030
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EuropaCorp, Canal+, Ciné+ See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Snow reveals his first name to Grace at the end of the movie, "Marion...my dad was a John Wayne fan." John Wayne's real name was Marion Robert Morrison (his middle name was soon changed from Robert to Mitchell when his parents decided to name their next son Robert) which was changed to John Wayne when he became an actor. See more »

Goofs

It is incredibly unlikely that a space station would so quickly acquire dangerous orbital decay without performing major maneuvers. The ISS crashing into the station suggests the space prison had a higher orbit than ISS, but orbital decay is a very slow process. The ISS can go months without needing an orbital boost as the drag at that altitude is very minimal. Skylab orbited for five years after its final mission without any orbital boosts. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Langral: Again, what happened in that hotel room?
Snow: Oh, it was coupon night and I was trampolining your wife.
[Snow is punched in the face]
Langral: You're a real comedian aren't you, Snow?
Snow: Well I guess that's why they call it the punch line.
[Snow is punched again]
Langral: You don't like me, do you?
Snow: Don't flatter yourself. I don't like anybody.
Langral: With that attitude, I can see why nobody likes you.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Available on DVD in a Unrated version that restores violence cuts for a PG-13 rating. The Unrated version is the only version included on Retail DVD/Blu-ray. But Redbox and Rental versions still carry the PG-13 cut. For instance in the Unrated cut, one can clearly see Snow shooting a person in the mouth which is not shown in the PG-13 cut. See more »

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References Escape from New York (1981) See more »

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Nobody smokes anymore, Snow!
2 September 2012 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

I was kind of inclined to headline this as being the movie guaranteed to make highbrow film fans froth with incredulity. That anyone could enjoy such a derivative, tongue-in-cheek, low ambition piece of schlock, is surely cause for venomous spleen venting from the serio film brigade. They call them guilty pleasures, but thing is, I just don't feel guilty about having such a wonderfully fun filled great time with the Luc Besson produced Lockout.

Plot? Well it's the future and basically Guy Pearce (Snow) is wrongly convicted of a crime and sentenced to do stir in stasis until whenever. But up in space at the MS1 prison facility, home to all the maniacs found in Demolition Man, the president's daughter, do-gooder babe Emilie Warnock (Maggie Grace), is suddenly taken captive and it's a big hostage situation. This looks like a mission for a serious hard bastard type! Well Snake Plissken wasn't available, so they get Snow, who is bulked up, full of wise cracks and has a point to prove. Guess what follows? Yep, complete popcorn frenzy as Pearce and Grace cut a swathe through MS1 and have a date with coolness personified.

On the way, via a truly gorgeous sci-fi affected Blu-ray print, we will tick off the homages and influences and compare notes with our viewing partners about how it's a Snake Plissken movie but with Shane Black type dialogue. While those who are partial to a bit of sci-fi design are well served here. Because even though there might be the worst CGI effects ever during a chase scene (that mercifully only runs for 50 seconds), the space ships, sets and Torsion System sequence, prove that you don't need Michael Bay type bucks to please the eyes. From the quite brilliant and hilarious opening interrogation beat down, to the big reveal and punch line, this Besson produced piece is serving popcorn with a smile to a certain segment in the film watching populace.

With bits of the Snake Plissken movies, Fortress, Die Hard, Commando, Demolition Man, Minority Report, Last Boy Scout and any other quip laden dude/wronged man on a mission movie, Lockout clearly lacks originality. But seriously! Was anyone involved playing it as anything other than a sly homage movie? No, they wasn't. Pearce is great fun in the role, but he isn't trying to worry the highbrow crowd's votes for films of the year. Anyone viewing it expecting something cerebral should feel more guilty than those who stand up to say they had a great time watching it. Ingem Ferem. 7/10


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