Lockout is about a mega space prison where prisoners are kept in stasis, but one woman’s quest for attention puts thousands of lives in danger. The film stars Guy Pearce as Snow, who must sneak into an orbiting prison and rescue a hostage after a riot breaks out in order to earn his freedom.
Pearce was an excellent choice to portray the hardened Snow whose rough and fierce character make him the perfect choice to undertake the mission. Despite other actors’ shortcomings in the film Pearce was able to bring across the toughness of his character. Although Pearce was a perfect match for his role, the movie required that the other actors pull their own acting weight in order for the acting to outshine its faults.
The plot of Lockout is simple enough to grasp: go to space, shoot through some inmates, rescue a girl, and come back to Earth; however in its applications the directors failed to bring that simplicity into the filmmaking of the movie. Although most of the film takes place in space, the movie had hardly any scenes that took place outside the prison in the vacuum of space. Lockout could definitely have benefited with more action and fight scenes using the zero-gravity weightlessness of space.
The effects of the movie showed through the most on virtual view shots of stations and ships in space. Not enough effects were used for the action in Lockout resulting in a displaced environment that did not fit with the setting.
Lockout could have easily been a successful film but without any development of the action, the movie was doomed to fail. The underdone action scenes and the one sided acting in Lockout earned this movie 3 airplanes out of 5.if you were planning on seeing Lockout, save your money for the avengers which will definitely have enough action and effects working together with good acting.