I don’t really know how to write a review. I’m not sure this is a review, per se, but I just finished a film which I, surprisingly, enjoyed and wanted to write something about it… so here’s something.
Lockout, staring Guy Pearce (never heard of him before) and Maggie Grace (Lost), really surprised me. I’m not sure how it ended up in my Netflix cue. But, it apparently did as it showed up in my mailbox. The leader blurb sounds like it was written using a Hollywood version of Mad Libs:
“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.”
I gotta say that made the whole film sound really cheesy, but almost from the start I was hooked. Yea, the beginning started off with a bang, but it was Pearce’s acting which made it work. I’d never heard of the guy before, but he was actually very good. There was really only one scene in there which was hard to believe (from a character development standpoint) but personally I think it was either bad writing or due to other character development scenes ending up on the cutting room floor.
One of the pleasant surprises of this this film was the lack of profanity and sex. By no means a family film, Lockout was, nevertheless, a pleasant surprise.